USD/CAD – Will renewed trader optimism boost Canadian dollar?

The Canadian dollar has ticked higher in the Tuesday session, after considerable losses on Monday. Currently, USD/CAD is trading at 1.3384, down 0.11% on the day. On the release front, there are no Canadian events. The U.S. releases key inflation reports, starting with PPI on Tuesday and CPI on Wednesday.

A bit of positive news on the trade war front was enough to spark a rally on global equity markets. Following reports on Tuesday that U.S and Chinese negotiators had spoken by phone, investor risk appetite jumped higher, sending Asian and European stock markets sharply higher. Will the spike in risk appetite boost the Canadian dollar? Canada stands to gain from a respite in the U.S-China trade dispute, which has taken a toll on Canadian exports, a critical driver of economic growth.

Canadian employment numbers sparkled in December, but that will not be enough to revise current monetary policy. The BoC is in caution mode, and a recent decline in GDP has solidified that stance. The bank remained on the sidelines at its policy meeting last week, and is expected to stand pat again in January. With the Fed expected to scale back its “gradual rate hike” policy to just one hike next year, there is less pressure on the BoC to raise rates. The Fed is widely expected to raise rates at next week’s meeting, which would be the fourth rate increase this year. The rate hikes have slowed economic growth, as seen by lower GDP readings and a dismal nonfarm payrolls report for November.

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USD/CAD Fundamentals

Tuesday (December 11)

  • 8:30 US PPI. Estimate 0.0%
  • 8:30 US Core PPI. Estimate 0.1%

Wednesday (December 12)

  • 8:30 US CPI. Estimate 0.0%
  • 8:30 US Core CPI. Estimate 0.2%

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Tuesday, December 11, 2018

USD/CAD, December 11 at 7:55 EST

Open: 1.3398 High: 1.3422 Low: 1.3380 Close: 1.3393

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.3198 1.3292 1.3382 1.3461 1.3552 1.3696

In the Asian session, USD/CAD was mostly flat. In European trade, the pair ticked higher but has reversed directions and posted losses

  • 1.3382 is a weak support line
  • 1.3461 is the next resistance line
  • Current range: 1.3382 to 1.3461

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3382, 1.3292, 1.3198 and 1.3099
  • Above: 1.3461, 1.3552 and 1.3696

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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.