Wednesday, September 24, 2014

USD/CAD has taken a breathe

After strong gains this week, USD/CAD has taken a breather on Wednesday, as the pair trades in the mid-1.10 range in the European session.  The Canadian dollar has sagged, losing over 100 points since Monday. On the release front, today highlight is US New Home Sales. The markets are expecting the indicator to improve in the upcoming release. There are no Canadian releases on Wednesday.
It was a poor start for Canadian numbers this week as retail numbers were dismal in August. Core Retail Sales slipped by 0.6%, the indicator’s first decline since January. The estimate stood at -0.1%. Retail Sales also softened, posting a decline of -0.1%. The markets had anticipated a gain of 0.4%. The weak figures point to decreasing spending by Canadian consumers, which does not bode well for the Canadian economy, as consumer spending is a critical engine for economic growth.