USD/CAD fell to low support but couldn’t break through. It eventually moved back up. GDP is the main event this week. Here is an outlook on the major market-movers and an updated technical analysis for USD/CAD.
Canada disappointed with weak retail sales: both the headline and the core numbers fell by 0.4%, while rises were expected. The governor of the BOC, Mark Carney, was bullish in comparison to other central bankers, but less hawkish than his usual tone. All in all, the loonie was unable to enjoy what seemed to be a hint of more money printing in the US. Will the C$ continue to weaken?
Updates: Corporate Profits, released quarterly, will be published later on Tuesday. The markets are hoping for an improvement from the Q1 figures of a negligible 0.1% gain. The loonie continues to look sharp, and is testing the 0.99 line. USD/CAD was trading at 0.9889. Corporate Profits disappointed, plunging 4.9% in Q2. This was the indicator’s weakest reading since last Q2 of 2011. Two manufacturing indexes, RMPI and IPPI, will be released later on Wednesday. The loonie has edged lower, as USD/CAD was trading just below the 0.99 line, at 0.9890. RMPI disappointed as it gained 0.9%, well below the market estimate of 2.1%. IPPI contracted for the second straight month, dropping by 0.5%. The markets had forecast a 0.3% gain. Current Account, a quarterly release, will be released later on Thursday. The markets are bracing for a sharp drop from Q1. The loonie continued to edge downwards, as USD/CAD rose above the 0.99 line. The pair was trading at 0.9913.
- Corporate Profits: Tuesday, 12:30. Canadian corporate profits were nearly flat in the first three months of the year gaining a negligible 0.1% following a robust growth of 9.0% in the fourth quarter of 2011. Compared to a year earlier, profits were up 4.6 % but Canada’s economic growth moves to a lower gear heading for a more sustainable pace of 7% to 8% growth on a year-over-year basis .
- RMPI: Wednesday, 12:30. Raw materials prices continued to drop for the fifth straight month, down 4.0% amid a sharp decline in crude oil prices, following a 1.1% drop in May. Economists expected a lower decline of 1.5%. Meantime, industrial product price index declined 0.3% in light of lower fuel prices, following 0.1% drop in the previous month.
- Current Account: Thursday, 12:30.Canada’s current account deficit increased in the first quarter of 2012 by 6.2% to C$10.27 billion ($9.97 billion) from a revised C$9.67 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011 upon a contraction in trading goods surplus and a larger deficit in the service sector. Foreign investors acquired narrowed their purchases in the first quarter to C$6.30 billion in Canadian securities compared with C$27.22 billion in the fourth quarter.
- GDP: Friday, 12:30. Canada’s economy expanded by a mere 0.1% in May following a 0.3% growth rate in April, Canadian service sector contributed to the rise nut a decline in manufacturing and construction activity offset the increase.
* All times are GMT.
USD/CAD Technical Analysis
$/C$ began the week under the 0.99 line (mentioned last week). It then pushed even lower and bottomed out perfectly well at the 0.9840 line. From there, it was uphill with the 0.9950 line working as resistance.
Technical lines, from top to bottom:
1.0360 was a pivotal line in June 2012 and is now significant resistance. It proved its strength in June 2012. The round number of 1.03 was resistance at the beginning of the year and now returns to this role. It worked perfectly well during June – over and over again, until finally being run through.
1.0245 served as a separator for the move up when the pair rallied in May 2010 and regains some strength now, thanks to capping the pair in July 2012, twice during this month The round figure of 1.02 was a cushion when the pair dropped in November, and also the 2009 trough. It remains a distinct separator after working as such in July.
1.0150 was a swing low in September and worked as resistance several times afterwards. It was challenged in June 2012. and served as a separator in July 2012.
1.0066 was key support before parity. It’s strength during July 2012 was clearly seen and it gave a fight before surrendering. Now, it is somewhat weaker. 1.0030 is another line of defense before parity after capping the pair earlier in the year. The move below this line is not confirmed yet.
The very round number of USD/CAD parity is a clear line of course, and the battle was very clear to see at the beginning of August 2012. Under parity, we meet another pivotal line at 0.9950. It served as a top border to range trading in March 2012 and later as a line in the middle of the range. It also worked well as resistance in August 2012, in more than one occasion.
0.99, the round number capped the pair in May 2012, later worked in both directions in August. The quick switch from support to resistance showed the resilience of the line, although it is somewhat weaker now. 0.9840 provided support for the pair during September and proved its strength again in August 2012, as a clear bottom.
Lower, 0.9725 worked as strong support back at the fall of 2011. 0.9667, which was another strong cushion in June 2011 is the next line.
The last line for now is 0.9550, which worked as resistance when the pair traded in low ground.
Downtrend line crossed to the upside again
The line worked from mid May and worked perfectly well until the decisive break downwards. And now, the tables have turned once again and the pair is over the line again. This downtrend line is still of importance as a separator, despite the breaks.
I am bullish on USD/CAD.
As mentioned last week, the downwards move was close to limit. This limit has probably been reached now, especially as more weak data from Canada came in joining the weak jobs report. The relatively high oil prices have a weaker impact now. Another factor that could weigh on the loonie is a potential disappointment from Ben Bernanke in Jackson Hole on Friday.
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