CAD: Will need an ultra-hawkish BoC message to drive the loonie higher – ING


“The Bank of Canada meeting (Wed) will be the highlight of the week; the central bank is likely to continue its gradual tightening path and provide a 25 basis point rate hike,” point out ING analysts.

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“This should be no surprise, as headline inflation has been out of the BoC’s comfort zone for some time now, hitting what it sees as its upper threshold of 3% YoY in July. And with all three of the main core measures floating around the 2% target, there is little reason for the BoC to hold off on pushing policy rates higher. Market expectations have marginally cooled over recent weeks (now only 78% priced in versus 95% at the start of the month). A follow-through of a hike should give CAD a knee-jerk boost; however, with a 100bp of tightening already priced in over a 2-year horizon, we think there’s limited scope for a sustained rally in CAD – unless the BoC send an ultra-hawkish signal.”

“We see this as highly unlikely – with the fragile global market environment, uncertainty over global trade and mixed Canadian data of late (in particular weak wage growth) likely to see a more ‘dovish hike’ from the BoC. We, therefore, wouldn’t be surprised to see USD/CAD snapback higher following an initial post-meeting fall. Our short-term view remains that we see USD/CAD stabilising in the 1.28-1.30 range – with no directional conviction.”

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