The Canadian dollar has lost ground on Friday, erasing most of the gains seen on Thursday. Currently, USD/CAD is trading at 1.3336, down 0.37% on the day. On the release front, there are no Canadian events. In the U.S., UoM consumer sentiment is expected to improve to 98.1. As well, the Treasury department releases its semi-annual currency report.
There was some positive news on the U.S. inflation front, as key indicators headed higher in March. CPI, the key gauge of consumer spending, climbed to 0.4%, its highest gain since January 2018. The producer price index also looked strong, climbing 0.6%, a 5-month high. Inflation remains well below the Federal Reserve target of 2.0%, but stronger inflation numbers will bolster the case of Fed officials who favor raising rates in 2019 if the economic outlook improves. The Fed minutes from the March meeting left the door open to further rate hikes this year, but current market pricing suggests no hikes until 2020, and some analysts are expecting a cut in rates later this year.
Earlier in the week, the IMF downgraded economic forecasts worldwide, and Canada was no exception. The IMF lowered its forecast for the Canadian growth from 1.9% to 1.5%. The report noted that Canada would be a major beneficiary if the U.S and China can hammer out a deal and end their bruising trade war. The IMF also lowered its forecast for global growth, from 3.5% to 3.3%.
Friday (April 12)
- 10:00 US UoM Consumer Sentiment. Estimate 98.1
- Tentative – US Treasury Currency Report
*All release times are DST
*Key events are in bold
USD/CAD for Friday, April 12, 2019
USD/CAD, April 12 at 9:00 DST
Open: 1.3385 High: 1.3387 Low: 1.3324 Close: 1.3337
USD/CAD posted small losses in the Asian session and has recorded stronger losses in European trade
- 1.3290 is providing support
- 1.3383 is the next resistance line
- Current range: 1.3290 to 1.3383
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 1.3290, 1.3200 and 1.3125
- Above: 1.3383, 1.3445, 1.3552 and 1.3662