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Dollar/CAD  advanced despite many things going in favor of the C$. Is it a correction to the big move following the jobs report? The Bank of Canada is left, right, and center in the upcoming week. Here are the highlights and an updated technical analysis for USD/CAD.

The BOC’s business survey was quite bullish on the economy, keeping the momentum after the excellent jobs report. Oil prices reached the highest levels since December 2014 and the US dollar suffered a sell-off of sorts following a report that China will halt or slow buys of US Treasuries. All this should have led to a fall of Dollar/CAD, but the reality was different. A correction after the superb jobs report and three misses on Canadian housing figures weighed: housing starts, building permits, and the NHPI all fell short of forecasts. Perhaps a bigger factor hurting the C$ was political: NAFTA is on the line. Are these worries overblown? The ball is now in the court of the BOC.

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

  1. Canadian rate decision: Wednesday, 15:00. The Bank of Canada is expected to raise interest rates for the third time in this cycle, from 1% to 1.25%. In the previous rate decision, it seemed like BOC Governor and his team were in for a long pause after normalizing rates back to 1% in mid-2017. However, recent economic data has been quite impressive: the economy gained some 79K positions in both November and December. The recent BOC Business survey was quite bullish, pointing to rapid expansion. Alongside a significant rise in oil prices, the time seems ripe for tightening by the Ottawa-based institution. A surprise “no-change” will hurt the C$. A rate hike is basically priced in and the response in case of a hike will depend on the prospects for further moves. Note that the short rate statement will be accompanied by a longer monetary policy report. Governor Poloz will hold a press conference at 16:15 and may also move markets.
  2. ADP Non-Farm Payrolls: Thursday, 13:30. The relatively new ADP report for Canada showed a rise of 59.2K jobs in November. We already have the official jobs report for December, which was excellent as well. It will be interesting to see if the ADP publication corroborates the formal numbers.
  3. Manufacturing Sales: Friday, 13:30. The volume of sales at the manufacturing level fell by 0.4% in October, worse than a gain that was expected. This figure has a significant impact on the loonie.
  4. Foreign Securities Purchases:  Friday, 13:30. Purchases of local financial assets by foreigners have been positive in the past four months. In October, they beat expectations by hitting 20.81 billion. Another positive outcome is likely.

* All times are GMT

USD/CAD Technical Analysis

Dollar/CAD could not fall to lower ground and eventually advanced, tackling 1.26..

Technical lines from top to bottom:

1.2920 capped the pair in late October and turned into a double-top in No. It is followed by 1.2840 capped the pair in mid-November and also had a role in the past.

1.2790 was the high in mid-November and serves as resistance. 1.2665 was a was a double-bottom in November and works as strong support.

It is followed by 1.26, a round number that worked as resistance in October.  1.2540 capped the pair in early October when it traded in a narrow range.

1.2435 was a cushion for the pair during the month of October. 1.2335 gave support to the pair in late September and it worked well in January 2018.

Even lower, 1.2260 is a stepping stone on the way down, while strong support only awaits at 1.2070.

I remain bearish on USD/CAD

Almost everything is going in favor of the C$, and a rate hike will cement it. Even if a rate rise will not come as a surprise, the optimism attached to monetary tightening should be positive for the Canadian dollar.

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