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USD/CAD: Bullish Fed Sends Canadian Dollar To 8-week Low

By Kenny FisherForexNov 09, 2018 11:08
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USD/CAD: Bullish Fed Sends Canadian Dollar To 8-week Low
By Kenny Fisher   |  Nov 09, 2018 11:08
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The Canadian dollar has posted losses in the Friday session, following the trend seen on Thursday. Currently, USD/CAD is trading at 1.3195, up 0.31% on the day. The pair is trading at its highest level since early September. There are no Canadian events on the schedule. In the U.S., PPI and Core PPI are both expected to post gains of 0.2% for October, unchanged from the September readings. As well, UoM Consumer Sentiment is forecast to slow to 98.0 points.

After the intense excitement surrounding the U.S. mid-term elections, the Federal Reserve meeting paled in comparison. The markets were not expecting much drama, as it was not really a “live meeting” – there was virtually no chance of a rate hike and no press conference from Fed chair Jerome Powell. Fed policy-makers continued to sound hawkish in the rate statement, in a similar vein to the previous statement in September. Fed policy-makers noted that job creation is solid, unemployment is down and consumer spending has been growing. The one caveat to this rosy picture was that business investment has slowed. The statement added that further “gradual increases” are expected, given that headline and core inflation are close to the Fed target of 2 percent. The Fed next convenes in mid-December, with the CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) pegging the odds of a December rate hike at a strong 76 percent.

A red-hot U.S. economy has helped boost the Canadian economy, which continues to perform well. This was underscored on Thursday by a superb reading from Ivey PMI, a key gauge of economic activity. The indicator surged to 61.8 in November, up sharply from 50.4 in October. This reading easily beat the estimate of 50.9 points. Earlier this week, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz said that the Bank would continue gradually raising rates from the current 1.75% to a “neutral stance” of between 2.5% and 3.5%. The magic question for investors is how quickly the BoC will move in this direction. The BoC has raised rates some five times in the past 15 months, and upcoming rate hikes will help make the Canadian dollar an attractive option for investors.

USD/CAD for Friday, November 9, 2018

USD/CAD for Nov. 8-9, 2018.
USD/CAD for Nov. 8-9, 2018.

USD/CAD, November 9 at 6:15 EST

Open: 1.3154 High: 1.3198 Low: 1.3141 Close: 1.3195

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2831 12970 1.3099 1.3198 1.3292 1.3383

USD/CAD ticked higher in the Asian session and the trend has continued in European trade

  • 1.3099 is providing support
  • 1.3198 has switched to a resistance role following gains by USD/CAD on Friday. It remains a weak line
  • Current range: 1.3099 to 1.3198

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3099, 1.2970, 1.2831 and 1.2733
  • Above: 1.3198, 1.3292 and 1.3383

This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.

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