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USD/CAD to Eye Fresh March Lows on Upbeat Canada Employment Report

USD/CAD to Eye Fresh March Lows on Upbeat Canada Employment Report

David Song, Shuyang Ren,

- Canada Employment to Increase for First Time in 2016.

- Unemployment to Hold Steady at 7.2%, Participation Rate to Narrow to 65.8.

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Trading the News: Canada Net-Change in Employment

The near-term rebound in USD/CAD may largely unravel over the next 24-hours of trade should Canada’s Employment report highlight an improved outlook for the region and encourage the Bank of Canada (BoC) to move away from its easing cycle.

What’s Expected:

USD/CAD Canada Employment

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Why Is This Event Important:

A 10.0K rebound in Canada Employment may heighten the appeal of the loonie as BoC Governor Stephen Poloz adopts a more optimistic outlook for the real economy, and the central bank may endorse a wait-and-see approach throughout 2016 as the risks surrounding the region are ‘roughly balanced.’

Expectations: Bullish Argument/Scenario

Housing Starts (FEB)180.0K212.6K
Gross Domestic Product (Annualized) (4Q)0.0%0.5%
Existing Home Sales (MoM) (JAN)--0.5%

The ongoing expansion in the housing market paired with signs of a stronger recovery may encourage Canadian firms to boost their labor force, and a marked rebound in job growth may push USD/CAD back towards the monthly low (1.3227) as it lifts interest-rate expectations.

Risk: Bearish Argument/Scenario

Ivey Purchasing Manager Index (FEB)58.053.4
Industrial Product Price (MoM) (JAN)0.0%0.5%
Retail Sales (MoM) (DEC)-0.9%-2.2%

However, higher factory-gate prices accompanied by the slowdown in private-sector consumption may drag on the labor market, and a dismal employment report may produce near-term headwinds for the Canadian dollar as it fuels speculation for a BoC rate-cut in 2016.

How To Trade This Event Risk(Video)

Bullish CAD Trade: Canadian Employment Rebounds 10.0K or Greater

  • Need red, five-minute candle following the report to consider a short trade on USD/CAD.
  • If market reaction favors a bullish loonie trade, sell USD/CAD with two separate position.
  • Set stop at the near-by swing high/reasonable distance from entry; look for at least 1:1 risk-to-reward.
  • Move stop to entry on remaining position once initial target is hit; set reasonable limit.

Bearish CAD Trade: Labor Report Fails to Meet Market Expectations

  • Need green, five-minute candle to favor a long USD/CAD trade.
  • Implement same setup as the bullish Canadian dollar trade, just in reverse.

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Potential Price Targets For The Release


USD/CAD Daily Chart

Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

  • Long-term outlook for USD/CAD remains tilted to the upside as the pair preserves the ascending channel formation from back in 2014, but pair stands at risk of retracing the rebound from the October low (1.2831) as long as the Relative Strength Index (RSI) retains the bearish formation carried over from the previous month.
  • Interim Resistance: 1.4660 (78.6% retracement) to 1.4730 (78.6% expansion)
  • Interim Support: 1.2860 (78.6% retracement) to 1.2930 (61.8% expansion)

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  • The DailyFX Speculative Sentiment Index (SSI) shows the retail crowd remains net-long USD/CAD since February 25, with the ratio hitting a near-term extreme in March as it climbed to +1.50.
  • The ratio remains off of recent extremes as it narrows to +1.21 ahead of Canada’s Employment report, with 55% of traders currently long, while open interest stands 3.7% below the monthly average.

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Impact that Canada Net Change in Employment has had on USD/CAD during the previous month

PeriodData ReleasedEstimateActualPips ChangePips Change
JAN 201502/05/2016 13:30 GMT5.5K-5.7K+46+167

January 2016 Canada Net Change in Employment


Canada unexpectedly shed 5.7K jobs in January after adding a revised 24.1K positions the month prior. Moreover, the unemployment rate rose to 7.2% to mark the highest since recordkeeping began in 1996 even as the lkabor force participation rate held steady at 65.9% during the same period. The slowdown in job growth may prompt the Bank of Canada (BoC) to retain a cautious outlook for the region, but Governor Stephen Poloz may largely endorse a wait-and-see approach in 2016 after implementing the ‘insurance’ rate-cuts last year. The Canadian dollar lost ground throughout the North American trade, with USD/CAD climbing above the 1.3800 handle to close the day at 1.3909.

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--- Written by David Song, Currency Analyst and Shuyang Ren

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