Home USD/CAD Forecast Oct. 17-21

The Canadian dollar rebounded, as  USD/CAD  dropped 120 points last week. The pair closed at 1.3127. It’s a busy week, with the release of retail sales, CPI and the benchmark interest rate.  Here is an outlook on the major market-movers and an updated technical analysis for USD/CAD.

In the US,  retail sales were mixed but the Fed meeting minutes have added fuel to expectations of a rate hike in December. There were no major Canadian releases last week.

USD/CAD daily graph with support and resistance lines on it. Click to enlarge:


  1. Foreign Securities Purchases: Monday, 12:30.  This indicator is linked to currency demand, as foreigners must purchase Canadian dollars in order to buy Canadian securities. In July, the indicator came in at C$5.23 billion, well short of expectations. The August estimate is C$6.24 billion.
  2. Manufacturing Sales: Tuesday, 12:30. This is the first key indicator of the week. In July, the indicator dropped to just 0.1%, well off the forecast of 0.6%. The markets are expecting an improvement in August, with an estimate of 0.3%.
  3. BoC Monetary Policy Report: Wednesday, 14:00. This report is released each quarter. It provides details of the BoC’s view on inflation and economic conditions, and analysts will be looking for clues regarding future monetary policy. A press conference will follow the release of the report.
  4. Overnight Rate: Wednesday, 14:00. The BoC has pegged the benchmark rate at 0.50% since May 2015 and no change is expected in October decision. Still, a dovish rate announcement could push the Canadian dollar lower.
  5. Core CPI: Friday, 12:30. Core CPI has been stagnant, with three straight readings of 0.0%. The markets are predicting a small gain of 0.2% in the September report.
  6. Core Retail Sales: Friday, 12:30. The indicator has not looked good, posting two consecutive declines, missing expectations on each occasion. The estimate for the August release stands at 0.2%.
  7. CPI: Friday, 12:30. CPI has posted two straight declines, pointing to weak inflation levels. The markets are expecting an improvement in August, with an estimate of 0.2%.
  8. Retail Sales: Friday, 12:30. This indicator is the primary gauge of consumer spending. After posting two straight declines of 0.1%, a strong gain of 0.5% is expected in the August report.

USD/CAD opened the week at 1.3248. Late in the week, the pair climbed to a high of 1.3307 but was unable to consolidate at this level and dropped to a low of 1.3096, as support held at 1.3081 (discussed last week). The pair closed the week at 1.3127.

Live chart of USD/CAD:

Technical lines, from top to bottom

1.3551 has provided resistance since March 2016.

1.3457 was a cap in September 2015.

1.3353 has switched to a support line following sharp gains by USD/CAD last week.

1.3219 was a cap in April.

1.3081 is the next support line.

1.2990 has held firm since early September.

The round number of 1.2900 is next.

1.2763 has been a cap since August. It is the final support line for now.

I remain bullish on USD/CAD

The US economy remains strong and with a December rate hike priced at 60%, monetary divergence continues to favor the US dollar.  At the same time, oil prices have been moving up sharply and the Canadian dollar could get a boost if this trend continues.

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher - Senior Writer A native of Toronto, Canada, Kenneth worked for seven years in the marketing and trading departments at Bendix, a foreign exchange company in Toronto. Kenneth is also a lawyer, and has extensive experience as an editor and writer.