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CPI data will hold no bearing on CAD, which is preoccupied with developments in oil and risk markets, in the opinion of strategists at TD Securities.

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“TD looks for inflation to decelerate sharply in March with headline CPI slipping to 1.1% y/y (down 1.1pp from February), with risks tilted towards an even weaker print.” 

“We expect a similar deceleration in April before CPI bottoms out near 0% y/y in May. Even in a scenario where restrictions are rolled back in May we expect inflation to remain below 1% through Q3.”

“We do not think that CPI will do much to alter the status-quo in CAD trading even if the data surprises on either side of expectations.”

“We are focused on topside USD/CAD; 1.4350 is next major resistance, while 1.4150 should be interim support.”