USD/CAD: Canadian Dollar Subdued As U.S. Retail Sales Within Expectations


The Canadian dollar is almost unchanged in the Monday session. Currently, is trading at 1.3145, down 0.07% on the day. On the release front, Canadian dropped sharply to C$2.18 billion, well short of the estimate of C$7.03 billion. This marked a 5-month low. In the U.S., dropped to 0.4%, matching the estimate. dropped to 0.5%, edging above 0.4%.

In the U.S., the focus is on consumer spending reports, with both retail sales and core retail sales expected to drop to 0.4%. On the manufacturing front, is forecast to drop to 20.3 points. On Tuesday, Federal Reserve Chair will testify before the Senate Banking Committee and Canada releases Manufacturing Sales.

The U.S. economy is firing on all cylinders and received a vote of confidence from the head of the Federal Reserve. On Thursday, Powell said that the economy is “in a really good place,” pointing to President Donald Trump’s massive tax-cut scheme and increased spending as key factors in boosting economic growth. Powell did not address monetary policy and said he was uncertain as to the effects of the current trade disputes, which has embroiled the U.S. and its trading partners. The Fed will likely press the rate trigger in the second half of the year, but it is an open question as to whether we’ll see one hike over the next six months. The Fed is projecting growth of 2.8% in 2018, compared with 2.3% in 2017. Powell will be in the spotlight next week when he appears for his semi-annual testimony before Congress.

Trade policy is not part of the Federal Reserve’s mandate, but Fed policy-makers continue to voice concern about the escalating trade war between the U.S. and its major trading partners, particularly China. On Friday, Dallas Fed president Robert Kaplan said he would have to downgrade his outlook if the tariff battle continues. Kaplan said that U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports had dampened capital expenditures plans and further trade tensions could lead to currency fluctuations and geopolitcal instability.

Monday (July 16)

  • 8:30 Canadian Foreign Securities Purchases. Estimate 7.03B. Actual 2.18B
  • 8:30 US Core Retail Sales. Estimate 0.4%. Actual 0.5%
  • 8:30 US Retail Sales. Estimate 0.4%. Actual 0.4%
  • 8:30 US Empire State Manufacturing Index. Estimate 20.3
  • 10:00 US Business Inventories. Estimate 0.4%

Tuesday (July 17)

  • 8:30 Canadian Manufacturing Sales
  • 9:15 US Capacity Utilization Rate. Estimate 78.4%
  • 9:15 US Industrial Production. Estimate 0.5%
  • 10:00 US Federal Reserve Jerome Powell Testifies
  • 10:00 US NAHB Housing Market Index. Estimate 69
  • 16:00 US TIC Long-Term Purchases. Estimate 34.3B

*All release times are DST

*Key events are in bold

USD/CAD for Monday, July 16, 2018

USD/CAD for July 15-17, 2018.

USD/CAD for July 15-17, 2018.

USD/CAD, July 16 at 8:35 DST

Open: 1.3157 High: 1.3167 Low: 1.3137 Close: 1.3145

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2831 1.2970 1.3067 1.3160 1.3292 1.3436

USD/CAD posted small losses in the Asian and European sessions. The pair has posted slight gains early in the North American session.

  • 1.3067 is providing support
  • 1.3160 was tested earlier in resistance. It remains a weak line
  • Current range: 1.3067 to 1.3160

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.3067, 1.2970 and 1.2831
  • Above: 1.3160, 1.3292, 1.3436 and 1.3530

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