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Marked Slowdown in Canada GDP to Fuel USD/CAD Recovery

Marked Slowdown in Canada GDP to Fuel USD/CAD Recovery

- Canada 3Q GDP to Slow to Annualized 1.6%- Slowest Pace of Growth Since 2Q 2016.

- Canada Employment to Increase Another 10.0K in November.

Trading the News: Canada Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Canada GDP

Canada’s 3Q Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report may fuel the near-term recovery in USD/CAD as the growth rate is expected to slow to an annualized 1.6% after expanding 4.5% during the three-months through June.

Even though Canada Employment is anticipated to add another 10.0K jobs in November, a marked slowdown in the growth rate may impact the near-term outlook for the dollar-loonie exchange rate as it encourages the Bank of Canada (BoC) to endorse a wait-and-see approach for the foreseeable future. After delivering two rate-hikes in 2017, Governor Stephen Poloz and Co. appear to be in no rush to implement higher borrowing-costs as ‘growth is expected to moderate to a more sustainable pace in the second half of 2017 and remain close to potential over the next two years.’

In turn, the BoC may stick to the sidelines at the next policy meeting on December 6, but the central bank may continue to alter the monetary policy outlook in 2018 as ‘less monetary policy stimulus will likely be required over time.’

Impact that Canada GDP report has had on USD/CAD during the previous quarter

PeriodData ReleasedEstimateActualPips ChangePips Change



08/31/2017 12:30:00 GMT3.7%4.5%-83-169

2Q 2017 Canada Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

USD/CAD 15-Minute Chart


Canada’s 2Q Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report showed the economy expanding an annualized 4.5% to mark the fastest pace of growth since 2011, with the above-forecast print led by a 4.6% rise in household consumption. Signs of stronger-than-expected growth may encourage the Bank of Canada (BoC) to further normalize monetary as the central bank lifts the benchmark interest rate off of the record-low in 2017, and Governor Stephen Poloz and Co. may continue to change their tune over the coming months amid the positive developments coming out of the region.

The Canadian dollar rallied against its U.S. counterpart following the GDP report, with USD/CAD slipping below 1.2500 handle to end the day at 1.2481. Looking to trade Canada GDP but don’t have a strategy? Download & review the DailyFX Advanced Guide for Trading the News to learn our 8 step strategy.

USD/CAD Daily Chart

USD/CAD Daily Chart
  • USD/CAD remains at risk for a larger correction as an inverse head-and-shoulders formation continues to unfold, with the pair at risk of extending the advance from earlier this week amid the failed attempt to test the November-low (1.2670).
  • Fresh series of higher highs & lows keeps the topside targets on the radar especially as the Relative Strength Index (RSI) flashes a bullish trigger and clears the downward trend from earlier this month.
  • A break of the monthly-high (1.2917) opens up the next hurdle around 1.2980 (61.8% retracement) to 1.3030 (50% expansion), which sits just above the 200-Day SMA (1.2969), with the next region of interest coming in around 1.3130 (61.8% retracement).
  • Keep in mind, failure to break the monthly opening range may foster choppy price action going into December as market participation tends to thin ahead of the weekend.

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