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Manufacturing growth picks up in February

Daily Currency Update

CAD - Canadian DollarEconomic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in February, according to a regular survey of the nation’s supply executives. February’s PMI registered 54.8, an increase from the January reading of 54.4 percent. When the Purchasing Manager’s Index beats expectations, as it did again, it’s good for the Canadian dollar. The monthly report has been considered a leading indicator of economic health. Demand for CAD increased this morning against the euro, pound, and US dollar.

Key Movers

Some stability seems to have returned to currency markets overnight after a very volatile end to last week, which was driven by a global sell off in bonds. GBP dipped along with risk assets as market repositioning saw the dollar bought. Investors assessed the possibility of inflation returning to US markets on the back of US President Joe Biden's stimulus package passing through Congress. GBPUSD very briefly dipped below 1.39 on Friday. However, it has since regained some poise and is creeping back up to the 1.40 handle.The Australian dollar has been rising quickly over the last few weeks showing no signs of easing despite a sharp fall on Thursday. The AUDUSD pair broke above 0.80 cent mark for the first time since February 2018 on Wednesday, following a strong rally in base metals, iron ore and oil prices. However, on Thursday the Aussie fell to a fresh three-week low of 0.7706, after a sharp rise in bond yields which set off a sell-off in global equites and knocked the Aussie off its three-year high. With the current upward strength in commodity prices the rally may not be over yet.

Expected Ranges

  • EUR/CAD: 1.523 - 1.537 ▲
  • GBP/CAD: 1.762 - 1.777 ▲
  • AUD/CAD: 0.980 - 0.986 ▼
  • USD/CAD: 1.264 - 1.273 ▲