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EUR/CAD to Break 1.50, Head Towards 1.49
For the Canadian dollar, all of the past week’s losses were recovered in one day on Friday on the back stronger than expected GDP and employment numbers. It was the best day for the loonie in more than 8 months and a large part of that has to do with how these reports will impact the Bank of Canada’s economic assessment next week. With more than 79K jobs added in the month of November, Canada experienced the strongest period of job growth in 4 years. Full time and part time work increased, driving the unemployment rate to its lowest level to its lowest level since February 2008. While GDP growth slowed in the third quarter, the robustness of the labor market and stronger than expected GDP growth in September completely overshadowed the report. The Bank of Canada has less to worry about in December than in October because everything from retail sales, to the labor market, housing market, manufacturing activity, trade and oil prices improved since the last meeting. The only area that deteriorated was inflation. While that is also a big focus for the BoC, we expect the Canadian dollar to trade higher into and possibly following the rate decision. We think its strength will be particularly pronounced against the euro which continues to struggle with political troubles. . German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to form a coalition government with the Social Democrats but the leader of the SPD party denied talks.
Technically, EUR/CAD collapsed on Friday and such a strong move generally has continuation. At minimum we expect EUR/CAD to break 1.50 and hit 1.4960 but the sell-off could easily extend to the 50-day SMA near 1.4900.