USD/CAD, or US dollar to Canadian dollar, is a major currency pair and is heavily traded in foreign exchange markets. Given that crude oil and refined petroleum products make up a significant portion of Canadian exports, USD/CAD tends to track global commodity prices. Similar to other commodity currency pairs, USD/CAD tends to depreciate during economic booms (CAD appreciates) while strengthening (CAD depreciates) during downturns. Looking at recent history, USD/CAD appreciated significantly during the 2008 financial crisis and following an emerging markets downturn in 2016.
The US dollar is mostly lower today. The dollar is currently the weakest against the British pound and the Australian dollar. Yesterday, the buck reversed course following weaker-than-expected Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey data. Today's trading range for the US dollar index is 94.40 - 95.50.
Looking at the dollar yesterday, second-tier economic figures such as the Philly Fed manufacturing survey seldom have a significant influence on the currency. Instead, traders were looking for a reason to sell the dollar after the buck moved into overbought territory, as indicated by the top end of yesterday's trading range (95.30). After falling for two trading sessions in a row, the dollar is no longer looking overbought.
Turning to other developments, Federal Reserve member Kashkari (who is not a voter this year) stated that there are no signs of overheating in the economy. This is especially the case as the Fed has been surprised by relatively weak wage growth and inflation in recent quarters. Kashkari is a well-known dove, and tends to advocate for easier monetary policies.
While the dollar has sold off in recent days, the currency has plenty of catalysts to keep strengthening. Yesterday's initial jobless claims figures showed that US unemployment is currently at historical lows. Upcoming sentiment figures later today should provide cues for the US economic outlook. The US continues to outperform all its major peers, which is helping the currency. Our outlook on the US dollar remains bullish.
|June 19||Housing Starts MAY||1.350m||1.286m|
|June 19||Building Permits MAY||1.301m||1.364m|
|June 20||Current Account Q1||-$124.1b||-$116.2b|
|June 20||Existing Home Sales MAY||5.43m||5.45m|
|June 20||Fed Chair Powell Speech|
|June 21||House Price Index MoM APR||0.1%||0.2%|
|June 21||Initial Jobless Claims 16/JUN||218k||221k|
|June 22||Markit Services PMI Flash JUN||56.8|
|June 22||Markit Manufacturing PMI Flash JUN||56.4|
|June 22||Markit Composite PMI Flash JUN||56.6|
The Canadian dollar is mixed today. The loonie is currently selling off against the US dollar, while strengthening against the euro and the British pound. Yesterday, the Canadian dollar continued to weaken against the US dollar, and is currently trading near 12-month lows. Today's USD/CAD trading range is 1.3070 - 1.3330.
As the outlook for Canada darkens, the odds of a Bank of Canada rate hike are falling. This can be seen in falling bond yields for short-term Canadian government bonds. While 2-year US Treasury bond yields continue to rise (and are currently yielding 2.56%), equivalent bond yields in Canada are falling and are currently yielding just 1.85%. Beyond the differential in bond yields (0.71%), yields are also moving in the opposite direction. This is a particularly bearish sign, and suggests that the Canadian dollar is likely to keep weakening.
Beyond bearish signals from the bond market, the Canadian dollar remains under pressure thanks to decelerating growth, ongoing trade tensions and weakness in crude oil prices. More recently, the Canadian real estate market is also showing signs of jitters, with sales volumes falling to a nine year low according to recent figures from the Canadian Real Estate Association. With plenty of reasons for the currency to keep weakening, our outlook on the loonie remains bearish. Note that there are no major updates relating to NAFTA today.
The USD/CAD exchange rate is currently above 1.3320. The euro is down against the Canadian dollar, with EUR/CAD currently above 1.5350. The pound is down slightly against the Canadian dollar, with GBP/CAD trading above 1.7460. CAD/JPY is flat, and currently trading above 82.80.
|June 21||ADP Employment Change MAY||30.2K|
|June 21||Wholesale Sales MoM APR||1.1%|
|June 22||Inflation Rate YoY MAY||2.2%|
|June 22||Core Inflation Rate YoY MAY||1.5%|
|June 22||Retail Sales YoY APR||4.1%|
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