USD/CAD Weekly Fundamental Analysis March 12-16, 2012, Forecast

By FX Empire Analyst - Barry Norman
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Rule: The Canadian Dollar moves in reaction to the US Dollar. Movements are small and easy to track and trade. The Canadian Dollar also responds to economic reports within Canada. It has little action against foreign currencies except during major moves or crisis.

The USD/CAD is the single biggest beneficiary of rising oil prices. Canada which is already the biggest exporter of oil to the US will experience a boost to its economy when oil price continue to increase. Therefore, if oil rises the Canadian dollar is likely to follow. Over the past years, the correlation between the Canadian dollar and oil prices has been approximately 81%. 

Analysis and Recommendation:

The USD/CAD is just a sad story; the pair have been pushed and pulled around like a bull with a ring in its nose. There has been very little to support the Loonie and its bully neighbor the USD has been pushing it up and down all week. The RBC held rates this week. The USD surged on Friday on a strong jobs reports, pushing the pair to trade at .9906, earlier in the week the duo were as high as 1.003. This week there will be little else to help out the CAD, usually when oil is high, it is very beneficial for the CAD since a great deal of the Canadian economy is based on oil, but the recent strength in oil has not helped the currency.

Highlights of the past week


The U.S. created 227,000 jobs in February and more people found work in the prior two months than previously reported, suggesting the economy’s recent momentum is likely to continue.

The unemployment rate, meanwhile, was unchanged at 8.3% as nearly half-a-million workers reentered the labor force in search of job, the Labor Department.

Household debt edged up 0.3% in the fourth quarter, the Fed reported in its flow-of-funds report, as consumer credit surged at a 7% annualized rate. Household debt had declined for 13 consecutive periods before the slender fourth-quarter advance.

The U.S. trade deficit widened sharply in January, driven higher by record imports of autos, capital goods and food, government data reported.  The trade gap expanded 4.3% in January to $52.6 billion from $50.4 billion in December.

The Fed is considering a new form of “sterilized” quantitative easing that would allow asset purchases despite high oil prices, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Under the new approach, the Fed would print new money to buy long-term mortgage or Treasury bonds but effectively tie up that money by borrowing it back for short periods at low rates. The aim of such an approach would be to relieve anxieties that money printing could fuel inflation later, a fear widely expressed by critics of the Fed's previous efforts to aid the recovery.

The Canadian Central Bank held rates today at 1% following the lead of banks around the world.

The Institute of Supply Management said its non-manufacturing PMI climbed to 57.3 in February from a reading of 56.8 the previous month. Economists had expected the index to decline to 56.1.

Another report showed that U.S. factory orders fell, but at a slower than forecast rate in January, declining by a seasonally adjusted 1.0%, compared to forecasts for a 1.3% slide.



Highest: 1.0842 CAD on 01 Nov 2009.

Average: 1.0147 CAD over this period.

Lowest: 0.9435 CAD on 26 Jul 2011.

The week ahead brings a vast assortment of economic indicators. A busy week with the news dominated by the US interest rate decision and inflation data.

Monday sees data on credit card lending and debt released by the RBA in Australia.

Also we have housing finance data and new car sales figures will be released. As well as the Reserve Bank of Australia will release its March quarter bulletin.

The Bank of Japan will make its interest rate decision for March.

In Europe, European Union finance ministers are scheduled to meet.

Monday sees the United Nations economic and social council hold its annual spring meeting

The US treasury budget data will be released. 

On Tuesday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics will release housing finance data for January. National Australia Bank is due to release its business confidence and conditions index for the month of February. 

IN the US, the Federal Reserve hold its March meeting, where it will decide on the current level of interest rates in the country. Also January business inventories and February retail sales data are also due.

Also on Tuesday, The World Trade Centre committee on budget, finance and administration will hold a meeting.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will hold his annual press briefing at the China National People's Congress.

Wednesday sees the ABS release December housing starts data. Westpac Banking Corporation and the Melbourne Institute will release their consumer sentiment index for March.

In the United Kingdom, average earnings data for the three months to March will be released. Also February claimant count data and ILO unemployment rate figures for March will also be released.

Across the Atlantic US import and exports price data released, while current account balance data for the December quarter is due.

The weekly Energy Information Administration petroleum status report is also on tap, as well as weekly Mortgage Bankers Association mortgage applications data.

Wednesday afternoon sees World Bank deputy vice finance minister for international affairs Masatsugu Asakawa address a eurozone crisis conference hosted by the Asia Development Bank Institute.

US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke will speak at the 2012 Independent Community Bankers of America national convention

Thursday brings January lending finance data for the month of January in Australia also new car sales data for February is also set for release.

Elsewhere, the Melbourne Institute will release both its consumer inflation and employment expectation surveys for March.

Thursday morning delivers US jobless claims data and the February producer price index in the US.

 Along with several other releases in America including, The Philadelphia Federal Reserve survey and the US Treasury international capital data is on tap, alongside the New York Empire State Manufacturing Survey.

Friday brings highly anticipated consumer price index data for February in the US. 

The Reuters/Michigan consumer sentiment index for March and industrial production for February data will also be released.

On Saturday, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development will release its interim assessment.

Economic Events in Canada this week

Mar. 16







Foreign Securities Purchases 



Economic Events in the USA this week

Mar. 12







Federal Budget Balance 



Mar. 13







Core Retail Sales (MoM) 










Retail Sales (MoM) 










10-Year Note Auction 










Interest Rate Decision 










FOMC Statement 



Mar. 14







Current Account 










Import Price Index (MoM) 



Mar. 15







Core PPI (MoM) 










PPI (MoM) 










Initial Jobless Claims 










NY Empire State Manufacturing Index 










Continuing Jobless Claims 










TIC Net Long-Term Transactions 










Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index 



Mar. 16







Core CPI (MoM) 










CPI (MoM) 










Industrial Production (MoM) 










Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index 



Government Bond Auction Schedule     (this week)

Mar 12  10:30  Germany  Eur 4.0bn new Sep 2012 Bubill

Mar 12  18:00  US  Auctions 3Y Notes

Mar 13  09:30  Netherlands Eur 2.5bn-3.5bn re-opened Apr 2015 DSL

Mar 13  10:10  Italy   BOT auction

Mar 13  10:30  Belgium  Auctions 3 & 12M T-bills

Mar 13  15:30  UK  Details gilt auction on Mar 22

Mar 13  18:00  US  Auctions 10Y Notes

Mar 14  10:10  Italy   BTP/CCTeu auction

Mar 14  10:10  Sweden  Auctions T-bills

Mar 14  10:30  Swiss  Bond auction

Mar 14  15:30  Sweden  Details nominal bond exchange auction on Mar 21

Mar 14  18:00  US  Auctions 30Y Bonds

Mar 15  09:30  Spain  Obligacion auction

Mar 15  09:50  France  BTAN auction

Mar 15  10.30  UK  Auctions 4.5% 2042 conventional Gilt

Mar 15  10:50  France  OATi auction

Mar 15  16:00  US  Announces auction of 10Y TIPS on Mar 22

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