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USD/CAD: Canadian Dollar Gets Spanked as BoC Holds Rates

Published 2024-04-11, 09:10 a/m

The Canadian dollar is almost unchanged on Thursday, after sliding 0.8% a day earlier. In the European session, USD/CAD is trading at 1.3569, up 0.04%.

BoC Holds Interest Rates

There were no surprises from the Bank of Canada, which maintained the cash rate at 5%. This marked a sixth straight pause as the BoC continues its “higher for longer stance”. The BoC statement noted that while inflation remains too high, core inflation had moved lower in recent months and the BoC “will be looking for evidence that this downward momentum is sustained”.

Governor Macklem used his news conference to address the nagging question of when the BoC will lower rates, saying it needed to see lower inflation decline further in order to be sure that price stability is achieved. As for a June cut, Macklem was vague, saying it was “within the realm of possibilities”.

The BoC would love to have the Federal Reserve cut rates first in order for a BoC cut to have more impact. However, with the US and Canadian economies on diverging paths, the BoC may have to press the trigger first and trim rates. Canada’s growth has been weak and inflation has fallen to 2.8%. In contrast, the US economy has been robust, with last week’s nonfarm payrolls blowing past expectations and inflation rising to 3.5%.

The hot US inflation report for March sent the US dollar flying against the majors on Wednesday, and the Canadian dollar fell 0.8% and touched a low of 1.3703 against the greenback, its lowest level since November 24.

The markets have slashed expectations for an initial rate cut as the Fed will be reluctant to lower rates with inflation moving higher. Just one week ago, the markets had priced in a September cut at 95%; that has been pared to 66% following the inflation report, according to the CME FedWatch tool.USD/CAD-4-Hour Chart

USD/CAD Technical

  • USD/CAD faces resistance at 1.3738 and 1.3794.
  • 1.3647 and 1.3591 are providing support

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