USD/CAD Heads for the Lows at 1.20, as Canadian GDP Jumps
Skerdian Meta • 2 min read
In Canada, we have seen some severe coronavirus restrictions and lockdowns during the recent months, so expectations were for a contraction in the GDP, as happened in Europe during winter. But the Canadian economy has shows some resilience, probably getting a helping hand form the US, where the economy has been booming since late last year.
The USD/CAD has been on a bearish trend for more than a year, helped by the increasing oil prices, which jumped higher today after OPEC+ decided to keep production as it is until July, despite the increasing demand, due to the current great expansion in the global economy.
Will the support above 1.20 be broken soon in the USD/CAD?
Today, the Canadian GDP beat expectations, increasing by 1.1% for April, so the CAD has two reasons to rally today, pushing the USD/CAD down in the process. This pair found support above 1.20 last month, but it’s returning down there again now and will probably break below it soon.
Canadian March and Q1 GDP
- March GDP +1.1% m/m vs +1.0% expected
- February was +0.4% (unrevised)
- Q1 GDP annualized+5.6% vs +6.8% expected
- Q4 2020 GDP was +9.6% annualized
- Canadian GDP +6.6% y/y vs +6.5% expected
- April prelim estimate -0.8% m/m
- Full report
USD/CAD Live Chart