- USD/CAD bulls take a breather at three-month high, prods two-day winning streak.
- China-linked cautious optimism in the market, consolidation ahead of key data/events allow Loonie to pare recent moves.
- Oil Price struggles to cheer China stimulus amid mixed central bankers’ speeches at Jackson Hole.
- Canada GDP, Fed’s preferred inflation gauge and US NFP eyed for clear directions.
USD/CAD retreats from the highest level in three months despite lacking downside momentum around 1.3595-90 during the early Monday morning in Europe. In doing so, the Loonie pair cheers the US Dollar’s pullback while paying a little heed to the softer prices of Canada’s main export item, namely the WTI crude oil, amid a slightly optimistic market ahead of this week’s top-tier data/events from the US and Canada.
That said, the US Dollar Index (DXY) eases from the highest level since June 01 to around 104.05 while the WTI crude oil snaps the two-day winning streak around $79.65 by the press time.
Greenback bears the burden of the market’s cautious optimism after witnessing a hesitantly hawkish remarks from the global central banks as they defended their respective restrictive monetary policies. Among them, Fed Chair Jerome Powell gained major attention as he reiterated his defense of “higher for longer” rates while stating that the policy is restrictive but the Fed can’t be certain what neutral rate level is. The policymaker also added that there is substantial further ground to cover to get back to price stability while also stating that the economic uncertainty calls for agile monetary policy-making.
Elsewhere, the introduction of one more measure to boost China’s economic activity, via halving the current stamp duty of 0.1% on stock trading, also favors the sentiment and weighs on the US Dollar of late. On the same line could be the news from the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) which cites people familiar with the decision-making process in China to highlight Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping’s deep-rooted philosophical objections to Western-style consumption-driven growth, suggesting more stimulus ahead.
It’s worth noting, however, that the Oil buyers need more to defend the previous gains amid mixed concerns about China, concerning the ongoing US-China trade talks and the talks of witnessing softer economic recovery in Beijing.
Against this backdrop, S&P 500 Futures defend the previous day’s rebound from a one-week low to around 4,420, up 0.10% intraday, whereas the US 10-year Treasury bond yields grind near 4.23% after snapping the four-week uptrend by posting minor weekly losses as it retreated from the highest level since 2007.
Moving on, a light calendar and preparations for this week’s top-tier data/events may allow the USD/CAD to remain pressured. However, major attention will be given to Canada’s growth numbers and the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) favorite inflation gauge, namely the Core Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) Price Index for July, as well as the monthly employment data for August, for clear directions.
USD/CAD pair’s successful trading above a three-week-old rising support line surrounding 1.3535 keeps the buyers hopeful of crossing the four-month-old descending resistance line, close to 1.3600 by the press time.
Source: FX STREET