BOC sends the C$ higher and a rate hike is now expected in July

BOC sends the C$ higher and a rate hike is now expected in July

  • The BOC left rates unchanged but made significant hawkish changes to the statement.
  • The USD/CAD is falling sharply but still trades in an uptrend channel.

The  Bank of Canada left the interest rate unchanged at 1.25% as widely expected. However, they made significant changes. The biggest market-movers are in the words they omitted rather than added.

The Ottawa-based institution removed the word “cautious” about raising interest  rates. They seem less worried. Also, they removed the wording about the need for monetary policy accommodation. Many central banks maintain these words even as they move away from stimulus. Dropping these words is another bullish sign.

The team led by Stephen Poloz did say that higher rates will be needed. Are they planning to raise rates as soon as July? The speculation is on. Also, they said that inflation would likely be higher in the near term, and cited energy prices.

Among other positive notes, they said that goods exports were more robust than the forecast and that robust wage growth signals housing will pick up this year. In the preview, we discussed the  importance of high housing prices in Canada  and how the BOC will tackle it.

To top it off, consumption is expected to make a substantial contribution to growth, and even Q1 growth is better than projected. Canada will publish its GDP data tomorrow, and  they may be hinting of a better than expected outcome.

All in all, this is a very upbeat statement and surprisingly so given that NAFTA negotiations are somewhat stuck. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that no NAFTA deal is better than a bad one, paraphrasing his British counterpart when referring to a Brexit deal. Do they know something we do not know?

The Canadian Dollar reacted very positively with USD/CAD plunging by over 1% to 1.22865 at the time of writing.

USD/CAD Technical Picture

USD CAD May 30 2018 plunging post CAD

The USD/CAD is no longer bullish according to the RSI which is hugging the balanced 50 level once again. It was close to 70 a few days ago. Momentum is lacking in either direction. The pair is trading above the 50-day and 200-day Simple Moving Average, indicating that USD/CAD bulls are still here.

The pair is now trading in a broad and moderate uptrend channel, around the middle. The BOC decision sent it further away from uptrend resistance.

Support is close by around 1.2860 which was a stepping stone on the way up. Further support awaits at 1.2805 and 1.2750.

Resistance is at 1.2900, the line just that was just broken, followed by the round level of 1.3000 and 1.3050.


Yohay Elam

Yohay Elam

Yohay Elam: Founder, Writer and Editor I have been into forex trading for over 5 years, and I share the experience that I have and the knowledge that I've accumulated. After taking a short course about forex. Like many forex traders, I've earned a significant share of my knowledge the hard way. Macroeconomics, the impact of news on the ever-moving currency markets and trading psychology have always fascinated me. Before founding Forex Crunch, I've worked as a programmer in various hi-tech companies. I have a B. Sc. in Computer Science from Ben Gurion University. Given this background, forex software has a relatively bigger share in the posts.