Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Canadian dollar continues to struggle

The Canadian dollar continues to struggle, as USD/CAD remains above the 1.32 level. USD/CAD touched 1.3275 on Tuesday, as the Canadian dollar slumped to its lowest level since March. The slide started after weak Canadian consumer indicators on Friday. Core Retail Sales was the biggest disappointment, as the market forecast of +0.5% was dashed by a weak reading of -0.1%. Core CPI remained stagnant at 0.0% for a third straight month, underscoring persistent low inflation levels. The BoC has stated its concerns about weak inflation, and these soft releases will add pressure on the bank to consider reducing interest rates at its October policy meeting. The Canadian dollar is sensitive to oil price movement, and with OPEC members holding an informal meeting on Wednesday in Algiers, we could see some volatility from crude which could affect the movement of USD/CAD.