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USDCAD: Trading Canada’s Consumer Price Report

USDCAD: Trading Canada’s Consumer Price Report

2012-09-21 06:00:00
David Song, Strategist

Trading the News: Canada Consumer Price Index

What’s Expected:

Time of release: 09/21/2012 12:30 GMT, 8:30 EDT

Primary Pair Impact: USDCAD

Expected: 1.3%

Previous: 1.3%

DailyFX Forecast: 1.2% to 1.3%

Why Is This Event Important:

Price growth in Canada is expected to hold steady at an annualized rate of 1.3% during August, but a slowdown in core rate of inflation may weigh on the Canadian dollar as it dampens the scope for a rate hike. The core CPI is projected to increase 1.5% during the same period, which would mark the slowest pace of growth since June 2011, and easing price pressures may encourage Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney to soften his tone for higher borrowing costs amid the ongoing slack within the real economy.

Recent Economic Developments

The Upside




Ivey Purchasing Manager Index s.a. (JUL)



Net Change in Employment (AUG)



Gross Domestic Product (Annualized) (2Q)



The Downside




Manufacturing Sales (MoM) (JUL)



Raw Materials Price Index (MoM) (JUL)



Retail Sales (MoM) (JUN)



Businesses in Canada may prop up consumer prices amid the better-than-expected 2Q GDP report paired with the ongoing improvement in the labor market, and an unexpected rise in the CPI may fuel speculation for a rate hike as the BoC tries to address the record-rise in household indebtedness. However, easing input costs along with the slowdown in private sector spending may drive firms to push down consumer prices, and a soft inflation print may instill a bearish outlook for the Canadian dollar as it limits the BoC’s scope to raise the benchmark interest rate from 1.00%.

Potential Price Targets For The Release

USDCAD_Trading_Canadas_Consumer_Price_Report_body_ScreenShot063.png, USDCAD: Trading Canada’s Consumer Price Report

As the USDCAD struggles to push back above the 20-Day SMA (0.9812), we would need to see a weaker-than-expected inflation print to see the rebound from 0.9632 gather pace, and the bounce may turn into a larger correction as the relative strength index comes off of oversold territory. However, sticky price growth would certainly increase the BoC’s case for a rate hike as the central bank tries to stem the risk for a housing bubble, and we may see Governor Carney continue to talk up speculation for higher borrowing costs as the recovery gathers pace.

How To Trade This Event Risk

Forecasts for a softer core CPI print certainly instills a bearish outlook for the loonie, but sticky price growth may pave the way for a long Canadian dollar trade as it fuels expectations for a rate hike. Therefore, if the inflation report tops market expectations, we will need to see a red, five-minute candle following the release to establish a sell entry on two-lots of USDCAD. Once these conditions are fulfilled, we will place the initial stop at the nearby swing high or a reasonable distance from the entry, and this risk will generate our first target. The second objective will be based on discretion, and we will move the stop on the second lot to cost once the first trade hits its mark in order to preserve our winnings.

In contrast, the slowdown in private consumption paired with falling input costs may bear down on inflation, and a dismal print may trigger a bearish reaction in the Canadian dollar as market participants scale back bets for higher borrowing costs. As a result, if the CPI disappoints, we will carry out the same strategy for a long dollar-loonie trade as the short position laid out above, just in reverse.

Impact that the Canada Consumer Price report has had on CAD during the last month


Data Released



Pips Change

(1 Hour post event )

Pips Change

(End of Day post event)

JUL 2012

08/17/2012 12:30 GMT





July 2012 Canada Consumer Price Index

USDCAD_Trading_Canadas_Consumer_Price_Report_body_ScreenShot062.png, USDCAD: Trading Canada’s Consumer Price Report

The headline reading for Canadian inflation unexpectedly cooled to 1.3% in July from 1.5% the month prior, while the core consumer price index increased 1.7% during the same period to mark the slowest pace of growth since July 2011. Although the USDCAD initially pushed higher following the softer-than-expected inflation report, we saw the dollar-loonie consolidate throughout the North American trade as the pair ended the day at 0.9885.

--- Written by David Song, Currency Analyst

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