Canadian dollar extends gains ahead of GDP

  • Canada’s GDP expected to improve
  • US PCE Core Prices projected to stay steady at 0.2%

The Canadian dollar has posted losses on Friday. In the European session, USD/CAD is trading at 1.3446, down 0.28%.

Canada’s GDP expected to post 0.1% gain

I have noticed the phrase “US exceptionalism” being bandied about lately. This is in reference to the impressive strength of the US economy in the face of rising interest rates, in comparison to other major economies most of which are struggling. For proof, one has to go no further than the northern neighbor of the US, as Canada’s economy contracted by 0.2% m/m in July, with weakness reported across the economy. The labour market, which held strong as the Bank of Canada piled on higher interest rates, has slowed. Inflation rose in August to 4.0%, up sharply from 3.3% in July and well above the 2% target. Two of three core inflation measures also climbed, raising concerns that the central bank may be forced to raise interest rates before the end of the year.

Canada releases the August GDP report later today, with the markets expecting a small gain of 0.1% m/m. This would essentially point to stagnation, but that would be better than a second straight reading of negative growth, which would technically mean that the economy is in a recession. The Canadian dollar has held its own in September despite this grim backdrop, helped by rising oil prices which are fast approaching $100.

In the US, the markets will be keeping an eye on Core PCE Prices, which is considered the Fed’s preferred inflation indicator. The index was unchanged in July at 0.2% m/m, but the annual rate remains quite high at 4.2%. The consensus estimate is unchanged at 0.2%, and an unexpected reading could affect the movement of the US dollar.


USD/CAD Technical

  • USD/CAD is testing resistance at 1.3468. The next resistance line is 1.3553
  • 1.3408 and 1.3323 are the next support lines

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Market Analyst at OANDA
A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental and macroeconomic analysis, Kenny Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in major online financial publications including, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.