USD/CAD Weekly Fundamental Analysis March 5-9, 2012, Forecast

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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 trading at .9892 and it’s been a steady fall all week from 100.46 earlier in the week. The CAD is simply marching along with the USD, which was weak earlier in the week with commodity prices soaring and the euro pushing up in record trading. The markets this week have settled down and the USD has recovered with good solid economic news. A lessening of political tensions has allowed oil to fall and Fed Chairman Bernanke took the inflation out of gold.

Only Good News from the US:

Existing home sales US existing home sales picked up unexpectedly in January, but the previous figures were downwardly revised. 

Initial jobless claims US initial jobless claims stayed unchanged in the week ending February the 18th, while the consensus was looking for an increase.

University of Michigan consumer confidence The final figure of Michigan consumer confidence for February showed a strong upward, revision from 72.5 to 75.3, while only a minor one was expected.

New home sales After increasing for four consecutive months, US new home sales dropped at the start of 2012. 

Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke testified before the Senate, this week, the markets found his comments a bit dovish and drew conclusions that any additional QA was off the table for the time being. Although the Chairman warned that the economy was recovering, he stated it was fragile and he was still worried about jobs. Gold soared on his comments.

 

Historical:

Highest: 1.0842 CAD on 01 Nov 2009.

Average: 1.0147 CAD over this period.

Lowest: 0.9435 CAD on 26 Jul 2011.

Economic Events (GMT)

Mar. 06

15:00

 

CAD

 

 

 

Ivey PMI 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar. 07

13:15

 

USD

 

 

 

ADP Nonfarm Employment Change 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar. 08

13:30

 

USD

 

 

 

Initial Jobless Claims 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14:00

 

CAD

 

 

 

Interest Rate Decision 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar. 09

02:00

 

CNY

 

 

 

Chinese CPI (YoY) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13:30

 

USD

 

 

 

Nonfarm Payrolls 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13:30

 

CAD

 

 

 

Trade Balance 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13:30

 

USD

 

 

 

Trade Balance 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13:30

 

USD

 

 

 

Unemployment Rate 

 

 

 

 

 

  

1st of the month global economic data releases actual v. forecast

 

AUD

 

 

 

Building Approvals (MoM) 

0.9%

 

2.1% 

 

-1.0% 

 

 

 

AUD

 

 

 

Private New Capital Expenditure (QoQ) 

-0.3%

 

3.9% 

 

14.6% 

  

 

INR

 

 

 

Indian Trade Balance 

-14.8B

 

-11.0B 

 

-12.7B 

 

 

 

CHF

 

 

 

GDP (QoQ) 

0.1%

 

-0.1% 

 

0.3% 

  

 

GBP

 

 

 

Nationwide HPI (MoM) 

0.6%

 

0.3% 

 

-0.3% 

  

 

CHF

 

 

 

SVME PMI 

49.0

 

48.5 

 

47.3 

 

 

 

EUR

 

 

 

French Manufacturing PMI 

50.0

 

50.2 

 

50.2 

 

 

 

EUR

 

 

 

German Manufacturing PMI 

50.2

 

50.1 

 

50.1 

 

 

 

EUR

 

 

 

Manufacturing PMI 

49.0

 

49.0 

 

49.0 

 

 

 

PLN

 

 

 

Polish GDP (YoY) 

4.3%

 

4.2% 

 

4.2% 

 

 

 

GBP

 

 

 

Manufacturing PMI 

51.2

 

52.0 

 

52.0 

  

 

EUR

 

 

 

CPI (YoY) 

2.7%

 

2.6% 

 

2.6% 

 

 

 

EUR

 

 

 

Unemployment Rate 

10.7%

 

10.4% 

 

10.6% 

  

 

USD

 

 

 

Core PCE Price Index (MoM) 

0.2%

 

0.2% 

 

0.1% 

  

 

CAD

 

 

 

Current Account 

-10.3B

 

-9.6B 

 

-12.3B 

  

 

USD

 

 

 

Personal Spending (MoM) 

0.2%

 

0.4% 

 

0.0% 

 

 

 

USD

 

 

 

Initial Jobless Claims 

351K

 

353K 

 

353K 

  

 

USD

 

 

 

Continuing Jobless Claims 

3402K

 

3400K 

 

3404K 

  

 

USD

 

 

 

ISM Manufacturing Index 

52.4

 

54.6 

 

54.1 

 

 

 

USD

 

 

 

Fed Chairman Bernanke Testifies 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KRW

 

 

 

South Korean CPI (YoY) 

3.1%

 

3.5% 

 

3.4% 

 

 

 

JPY

 

 

 

Unemployment Rate 

4.6%

 

4.5% 

 

4.6% 

 

 

 

JPY

 

 

 

Tokyo Core CPI (YoY) 

-0.3%

 

-0.4% 

 

-0.4% 

 

 

 

Government Bond Auction Schedule

Mar 05  10:10  Norway  Bond auction

Mar 06  10:10  Greece  Auctions 6M T-bills

Mar 06  10:15  Austria  Bond auction

Mar 06  10.30  UK  Auctions 0.75% 2034 I/L Gilt

Mar 06  15:30  UK  Details gilt auction on Mar 15

Mar 07  10:10  Sweden  Nominal bond auction

Mar 07  10:30  Germany  Eur 4.0bn Feb 2017 Bobl

Mar 07  10.30  UK  Auctions new Sep 2017 conventional Gilt

Mar 08  16:00  US

Announces auctions of 3Y Notes on Mar 12, 10Y Notes on Mar

13 & 30Y Bonds on Mar 14

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