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CAD continues to make gains on USD

Daily Currency Update

The Canadian dollar is strengthening against the USD, trading at 0.41% above the USD at the time of writing. This is largely prompted by US Consumer Price Index (CPI) data showing that inflation in the US declined to 4% on a yearly basis in May. The Canadian government’s 10-year bond yields fell 3.7 basis points (bps) to 3.311%. After the Bank of Canada’s (BoC) unexpected overnight rate hike to a 22-year high of 4.75% last week, the market is now expecting another 25 bps jump to 5% in July. The combination of the unexpected rise in inflation to 4.4% in May and the normally interest-rate-sensitive housing market could indicate further rate hikes by the BoC down the line. In oil news, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil is up today to 68.90 at the time of writing, from yesterday’s close of 67.31.

Key Movers

The market’s reaction to recent positive inflation data saw the dollar index (DXY) down 0.48% to 103.126. Inflation in the US declined to 4% year-over-year in May from 4.9% in April and slightly below the expected 4.1%. These cooling inflation rates are the lowest annual inflation data the US has seen in 2 years. Core Consumer Price Index (CPI) data edged lower to 5.3% from the expected 5.5%. On a monthly basis, CPI rose 0.1% and Core CPI rose 0.4%. The release of this positive inflation data coupled with the dip in the DXY could indicate that the Federal Reserve may pause its tightening cycle not only tomorrow but potentially also in the July rate decision meeting.

The UK reported positive expected employment data with the claimant count dropping by 13,600, against the market expectations of 21,400. The UK 3-month average earnings index reported a 6.5% growth in earnings, higher than the forecasted 6.1%. Strong labor data out of England indicates the potential for interest rate hikes by the Bank of England (BoE) in an effort to contain unrelenting inflation.

The People’s Bank of China reported 1,360 billion in yuan-denominated loans issued to consumers and businesses in May. This was lower than the forecasted 1540 billion.

The German Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW) economic sentiment was released at -8.5 which surpassed expectations of -13.4. Although this sentiment data was better than forecasted, the negative value still indicates that the German economy, the largest economy in the European Union, may not see significant improvements in the second half of the year.

Expected Ranges

  • EUR/CAD: 1.43732 - 1.44378 ▲
  • GBP/CAD: 1.67083 - 1.68055 ▲
  • AUD/CAD: 0.90110 - 0.90636 ▲
  • USD/CAD: 1.33147 - 1.33784 ▼