Thursday, January 5, 2017

Canadian dollar has paused on Thursday

The Canadian dollar has paused on Thursday, following sharp gains in the Wednesday session. Early in North American trade, USD/CAD is trading at the 1.33 line. It’s a busy day on the release front. Canadian RMPI, which measures inflation in the manufacturing sector, came in at -1.5%, better than the forecast of -2.0%. In the US, ADP Nonfarm Employment Change disappointed with a reading of 153 thousand, well off the forecast of 171 thousand. There was better news from unemployment claims, which dropped to a 7-week low at 235 thousand. Later in the day, the US releases ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI. Employment numbers will be in the spotlight on Friday, led by US Nonfarm Payrolls and Canadian Employment Change.
The US dollar retreated ahead of the Federal Reserve minutes on Wednesday and the Canadian currency took full advantage, gaining close to one percent. USD/CAD has dropped to a low of 1.3254 on Thursday, its lowest level since December 14. The Canadian dollar slumped in the last two weeks of 2016, but has rebounded. With Canada and the US releasing key employment numbers on Friday, we could see some volatility from USD/CAD.