USD/CAD – Canadian Dollar Subdued Ahead of Fed Minutes

The Canadian dollar has recorded slight losses in the Tuesday session. Currently, USD/CAD is trading at 1.2669, up 0.16% on the day. On the release front, there are no Canadian releases on the schedule. In the US, the key event is the Federal Reserve minutes from the January meeting. We’ll also get a look at Existing Home Sales, which are expected to climb to 5.61 million. On Thursday, Canada releases retail sales reports and the US will publish unemployment claims.

The week started on a sour note for Canadian indicators, as Wholesales Sales declined 0.5%, short of the estimate of 0.4%. It marked the first decline in three months. The markets are expecting another soft release from Core Retail Sales, a key barometer of consumer spending. The indicator posted a strong gain of 1.6% in December, but is forecast to slow to just 0.1% in January. If consumer spending posts a weak reading, the Canadian dollar could lose more ground. The pair is under pressure, and has shed 1.0% so far this month.

It has been an eventful few weeks for Jerome Powell, who has just commenced his stint as chair of the Federal Reserve. Strong US data in recent weeks has raised speculation that the Fed may need to accelerate the pace of interest rate hikes in 2018. The Fed is currently projecting three rate hikes this year, but if inflation continues to move upwards, many analysts are expecting that the Fed could press the rate trigger four, or even five times in 2018. Meanwhile, concern over higher inflation and more rate hikes sent the stock markets into a frenzy earlier in February. Powell sought to reassure the markets that the Fed was monitoring the situation, but it’s doubtful that the Fed can do much to prevent volatility in the markets.

 

 

USD/CAD Fundamentals

Wednesday (February 21)

  • 9:45 US Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 55.4
  • 9:45 US Flash Services PMI. Estimate 53.8
  • 14:00 US FOMC Meeting Minutes

Thursday (February 22)

  • 8:30 Canadian Core Retail Sales. Estimate 0.1%
  • 8:30 Canadian Retail Sales. Estimate 0.0%

*All release times are GMT

*Key events are in bold

 

USD/CAD for Wednesday, February 21, 2018

USD/CAD, February 21 at 7:40 EST

Open: 1.2548 High: 1.2671 Low: 1.2640 Close: 1.2669

 

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2351 1.2494 1.2630 1.2757 1.2855 1.2920

USD/CAD has posted small gains in the Asian and European sessions

  • 1.2494 is providing support
  • 1.2630 is a weak resistance line
  • Current range: 1.2494 to 1.2630

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2630, 1.2494, 1.2351 and 1.2190
  • Above: 1.2757, 1.2855 and 1.2920

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

USD/CAD ratio is showing little movement in the Wednesday session. Currently, short positions have a slender majority (52%), indicative of slight trader bias towards USD/CAD reversing directions and moving lower.

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USD/CAD – Canadian Dollar Dips, Wholesale Sales Next

The Canadian dollar has recorded slight losses in the Tuesday session. Currently, USD/CAD is trading at 1.2606, up 0.37% on the day. On the release front, it’s a very light day. There are no US releases on the schedule. The sole Canadian indicator, Wholesale Sales, is expected to slow to 0.4%. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve will release the minutes of its January meeting. As well, the US will release Existing Home Sales.

It’s been an eventful few weeks for Jerome Powell, who has just commenced his stint as chair of the Federal Reserve. Strong US data in recent weeks has raised speculation that the Fed may need to accelerate the pace of interest rate hikes in 2018. The Fed is currently projecting three rate hikes this year, but if inflation continues to move upwards, many analysts are expecting that the Fed could press the rate trigger four, or even five times in 2018. Meanwhile, concern over higher inflation and more rate hikes sent the stock markets into a frenzy earlier in February. Powell sought to reassure the markets that the Fed was monitoring the situation, but it’s doubtful that the Fed can do much to prevent volatility in the markets.

Virtual currencies have seen wild fluctuations in recent months. Bitcoin, for example, has fluctuated this year between $900 and $19,000. There are growing calls for these currencies to be regulated, and central banks could play a key role in such a move. However, last week, ECB President Mario Draghi poured cold water on any ECB involvement, saying that it was not the ECB’s responsibility to ban or regulate Bitcoin. Draghi added that the ECB was exploring the use of blockchain, a digital technology to monitor bitcoin transactions. Still, with Bitcoin gaining more and more popularity, lawmakers are paying more attention to the negative impact that virtual currencies can have on the economy. In the US, there is bipartisan support in Congress to adopt new rules to regulate virtual currencies, so the days of the ‘wild wild West’ in virtual currency trading may be numbered.

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USD/CAD Fundamentals

Tuesday (February 20)

  • 8:30 Canadian Wholesale Sales. Estimate 0.4%

Wednesday (February 21)

  • 14:00 US FOMC Meeting Minutes

*All release times are GMT

*Key events are in bold

 

USD/CAD for Tuesday, February 20, 2018

USD/CAD, February 20 at 8:05 EST

Open: 1.2561 High: 1.2605 Low: 1.2557 Close: 1.2592

 

USD/CAD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2190 1.2351 1.2494 1.2630 1.2757 1.2855

USD/CAD has posted small gains in the Asian and European sessions

  • 1.2494 is providing support
  • 1.2630 is a weak resistance line
  • Current range: 1.2494 to 1.2630

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2494, 1.2351, 1.2190 and 1.2060
  • Above: 1.2630, 1.2757 and 1.2855

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

USD/CAD ratio is showing little movement in the Tuesday session. Currently, short and long positions are evenly split, indicative of a lack of trader bias as to which direction USD/CAD will take next.

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.

DAX Under Pressure Despite Strong German Releases

The DAX index has posted slight losses in the Tuesday session. Currently, the index is trading at 12,362.98, down 0.19% since the Monday close. On the release front, German and eurozone confidence reports for February beat the estimates, but slowed compared to the January releases. German ZEW Economic Sentiment came in at 17.8, beating the estimate of 16.0 points. Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment dropped to 29.3, above the estimate of 28.4. German PPI improved to 0.5%, above the estimate of 0.3%. This marked the strongest reading since January 2017. On Wednesday, Germany and the eurozone release manufacturing PMIs. In the US, the Federal Reserve will release the minutes of its January meeting.

The recent turbulence in global stock markets have sent the DAX lower, and the index has shed 5.9% in February. However, the index rebounded last week, posting a winning week for the first time since mid-January. The catalyst for the gains were positive corporate earnings in Europe. The US recently passed massive corporate and individual tax reform, worth $1.5 trillion. This could significantly boost earnings in Q1 of 2018 for European companies which have major operations in the US, such as banking giants Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, which are listed on the DAX.

The recent turbulence in the global stock markets has triggered strong volatility in the currency markets, and ECB President Mario Draghi recently stated that the ECB was concerned about the euro’s sharp fluctuations. Last week, Draghi weighed in on Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency which has seen wild fluctuations in recent months. There are growing calls for regulation of these currencies, and central banks could play a key role in such regulation. However, Draghi poured cold water on any ECB involvement, saying that it was not the ECB’s responsibility to ban or regulate Bitcoin. Draghi added that the ECB was exploring the use of blockchain, a digital technology to monitor bitcoin transactions.  France and Germany want to cryptocurrencies on the agenda at the next G-20 meeting, and there is bipartisan support in Congress to adopt new rules to regulate virtual currencies.

Economic Calendar

Tuesday (February 20)

  • 2:00 German PPI. Estimate 0.3%. Actual 0.5%
  • 5:00 German ZEW Economic Sentiment. Estimate 16.0. Actual 17.8
  • 5:00 Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment. Estimate 28.4. Actual 29.3
  • All Day – ECOFIN Meetings
  • 10:00 Eurozone Consumer Confidence. Estimate 1

Wednesday (February 21)

  • 3:30 German Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 60.6
  • 4:00 German Flash Services PMI. Estimate 56.9
  • 4:00 Eurozone Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 59.2
  • 4:00 Eurozone Flash Services PMI. Estimate 57.7
  • 14:00 US FOMC Meeting Minutes

*All release times are EST

*Key events are in bold

DAX, Tuesday, February 20 at 6:30 EDT

Open: 12,451.96 High: 12,512.00 Low: 12,426.50 Close: 12,362.98

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EUR/USD – Euro Slips as German Economic Sentiment Softens

The euro has posted considerable losses on Tuesday, after a slow start to the week. Currently, the pair is trading at 1.2341, down 0.53% on the day. On the release front, German and eurozone confidence reports for February beat the estimates, but slowed compared to the January releases. German ZEW Economic Sentiment came in at 17.8, beating the estimate of 16.0 points. Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment dropped to 29.3, above the estimate of 28.4. German PPI improved to 0.5%, above the estimate of 0.3%. This marked the strongest reading since January 2017. There are no US releases on the schedule. On Wednesday, Germany and the eurozone release manufacturing PMIs. The Federal Reserve will release the minutes of its January meeting. As well, the US will release Existing Home Sales.

Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell has just started his new job, and there is plenty on his plate. Strong US data in recent weeks has raised speculation that the Fed may need to accelerate the pace of interest rate hikes in 2018. The Fed is currently projecting three rate hikes this year, but if inflation continues to move upwards, many analysts are expecting that the Fed could press the rate trigger four or even five times in 2018. Meanwhile, concern over higher inflation and more rate hikes sent the stock markets into a frenzy. Powell sought to reassure the markets that the Fed was monitoring the situation, but it’s doubtful that the Fed can do much to prevent volatility in the markets.

Should cryptocurrencies be regulated? The recent turbulence in the global stock markets has triggered strong volatility in the currency markets, and ECB President Mario Draghi recently stated that the ECB was concerned about the euro’s sharp fluctuations. Last week, Draghi weighed in on Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency which has seen wild fluctuations in recent months. There are growing calls for regulation of these currencies, and central banks could play a key role in such oversight. However, Draghi poured cold water on any ECB involvement, saying that it was not the ECB’s responsibility to ban or regulate Bitcoin. Draghi added that the ECB was exploring the use of blockchain, a digital technology to monitor bitcoin transactions. France and Germany want to cryptocurrencies on the agenda at the next G-20 meeting, and there is bipartisan support in Congress to adopt new rules to regulate virtual currencies.

Higher Yields Pushing Dollar Up

EUR/USD Fundamentals

Tuesday (February 20)

  • 2:00 German PPI. Estimate 0.3%. Actual 0.5%
  • 5:00 German ZEW Economic Sentiment. Estimate 16.0. Actual 17.8
  • 5:00 Eurozone ZEW Economic Sentiment. Estimate 28.4. Actual 29.3
  • All Day – ECOFIN Meetings
  • 10:00 Eurozone Consumer Confidence. Estimate 1

Wednesday (February 21)

  • 3:00 French Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 58.1
  • 3:00 French Flash Services PMI. Estimate 59.1
  • 3:30 German Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 60.6
  • 4:00 German Flash Services PMI. Estimate 56.9
  • 4:00 Eurozone Flash Manufacturing PMI. Estimate 59.2
  • 4:00 Eurozone Flash Services PMI. Estimate 57.7
  • 10:00 US Existing Home Sales. Estimate 5.61M
  • 14:00 US FOMC Meeting Minutes

*All release times are GMT

*Key events are in bold

EUR/USD for Tuesday, February 20, 2018

EUR/USD for February 20 at 6:00 EDT

Open: 1.2407 High: 1.2412 Low: 1.2345 Close: 1.2333

EUR/USD Technical

S1 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
1.2092 1.2200 1.2286 1.2357 1.2481 1.2569

EUR/USD has posted slight losses in the Asian session and continues to lose ground in European trade

  • 1.2286 is providing support
  • 1.2357 was switched to a resistance role after considerable losses by EUR/USD on Tuesday

Further levels in both directions:

  • Below: 1.2286, 1.2200 and 1.2092
  • Above: 1.2357, 1.2481, 1.2569 and 1.2660
  • Current range: 1.2286 to 1.2357

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

EUR/USD ratio is unchanged in the Tuesday session. Currently, short positions have a majority (60%), indicative of EUR/USD breaking out and moving to lower ground.

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.