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The Canadian dollar  dropped to new lows against the greenback and got  close to the critical resistance level of 1.1278 – the peak seen in March. Beyond this level, we are back to the highs seen in July 2009.

The high so far is 1.1270, but after the pair retreated, a big breakout might have to wait for next week as trading volumes are dwindling down. But a last minute can also happen.

On the way up, USD/CAD broke above the previous 2014 peak of 1.1225 and left it well behind.

The trigger was the excellent Non-Farm Payrolls report. The US gained 248K jobs and nice revisions  added to the mix. The headline of an unemployment rate of only 5.9% was certainly good news for the US as well, even if it came on the background of a drop in the participation rate. Canada publishes its jobs report next week.

In Canada, the trade balance totally disappointed, as the nation recorded a deficit of 0.6 billion instead of a surplus of  1.5 billion expected. In the previous month, Canada enjoyed a surplus of 2.2 billion. The US trade balance stood on 40.1 billion USD, and that was better than expected.

Here is how the move looks on the chart:

USDCAD reaches highs October 3 Canadian dollar crashes on Non Farm Payrolls