USD/CAD at Deciding Level After the BOC Meeting
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USD/CAD used to be on a strong bearish trend for more than a year, declining to 1.20, as crude Oil prices were climbing higher. That major level held as support and in summer the situation started to reverse as the USD turned bullish due to surging inflation in the US. The price climbed close to 1.30, where a resistance zone has formed. The bullish trend resumed again during the previous two months, but this month we are seeing a sharp retreat in this pair, which has taken the price more than 200 pips down.
Although, the price is facing the 20 daily SMA (gray) now, which should act as support, while the stochastic indicator at the bottom of the chart is also becoming oversold, indicating a bullish reversal soon. The Bank of Canada didn’t change much in the statement earlier today, so the CAD doesn’t have much reason to run higher apart from US WTI oil recuperating $10, after crashing more than $20 lower in November. This might be a good chance to buy USD/CAD by the way.
USD/CAD Live Chart
Bank of Canada Interest Rate Decision and Opening Statement
- Rates left unchanged at 0.25%, as widely expected
- Omicron has injected renewed uncertainty
- Uncertainties arising from the Omicron variant could weigh on growth by compounding supply chain disruptions and reducing demand for some services
- Canada’s economy grew by about 5½ percent in the third quarter, as expected
- GDP is about 1.5% below pre-pandemic
- Persistent supply bottlenecks continued to inhibit growth in parts of the economy
- Recent economic indicators suggest the economy had considerable momentum into the fourth quarter
- The impact of global supply constraints is feeding through to a broader range of goods prices
- Continues to see inflation back towards 2 percent in the second half of the year
- Repeats that slack to be absorbed “sometime in the middle quarters of 2022”
- Economic growth in the United States has accelerated
- Growth in some other regions is moderating after a strong third quarter
Full Statement From the Bank of Canada
The Bank of Canada today held its target for the overnight rate at the effective lower bound of ¼ percent, with the Bank Rate at ½ percent and the deposit rate at ¼ percent. The Bank’s extraordinary forward guidance on the path for the overnight rate is being maintained. The Bank is continuing its reinvestment phase, keeping its overall holdings of Government of Canada bonds roughly constant.
Canada’s economy grew by about 5½ percent in the third quarter, as expected. Together with a downward revision to the second quarter, this brings the level of GDP to about 1½ percent below its level in the last quarter of 2019, before the pandemic began. Third-quarter growth was led by a rebound in consumption, particularly services, as restrictions were further eased and higher vaccination rates improved confidence. Persistent supply bottlenecks continued to inhibit growth in other components of GDP, including non-commodity exports and business investment.
Recent economic indicators suggest the economy had considerable momentum into the fourth quarter. This includes broad-based job gains in recent months that have brought the employment rate essentially back to its pre-pandemic level. Job vacancies remain elevated and wage growth has also picked up. Housing activity had been moderating, but appears to be regaining strength, notably in resales. The devastating floods in British Columbia and uncertainties arising from the Omicron variant could weigh on growth by compounding supply chain disruptions and reducing demand for some services.
CPI inflation is elevated and the impact of global supply constraints is feeding through to a broader range of goods prices. The effects of these constraints on prices will likely take some time to work their way through, given existing supply backlogs. Gasoline prices, which had been a major factor pushing up CPI inflation, have recently declined. Meanwhile, core measures of inflation are little changed since September. The Bank continues to expect CPI inflation to remain elevated in the first half of 2022 and ease back towards 2 percent in the second half of the year. The Bank is closely watching inflation expectations and labour costs to ensure that the forces pushing up prices do not become embedded in ongoing inflation.
The Governing Council judges that in view of ongoing excess capacity, the economy continues to require considerable monetary policy support. We remain committed to holding the policy interest rate at the effective lower bound until economic slack is absorbed so that the 2 percent inflation target is sustainably achieved. In the Bank’s October projection, this happens sometime in the middle quarters of 2022. We will provide the appropriate degree of monetary policy stimulus to support the recovery and achieve the inflation target.