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CAD Breaking News: USD/CAD Drops as Inflation Cools for Third Consecutive Month

CAD Breaking News: USD/CAD Drops as Inflation Cools for Third Consecutive Month

Zain Vawda, Analyst

CAD CPI Key Points:

  • The Canadian Yearly CPI Actual 6.9% Vs Previous 7% (Forecast 6.8%)
  • Canadian Core CPI YOY Actual 6% Vs Previous 5.8%.
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Canadian CPI rose 6.9% YoY in September showing a slowdown from a 7% print in August. This marks a third consecutive monthly slowdown in headline inflation. The drop came courtesy of a fall in gasoline prices while food prices continued to accelerate. On a monthly basis, the CPI edged 0.1% higher while core inflation YoY jumped to 6% compared to August’s print of 5.8%.

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The Bank of Canada (BoC) seemingly benefitted from front loading rate hikes as inflation slowed down in both July and August with the BoC aiming to ensure inflation doesn’t become entrenched. However recent comments by Governor Tiff Macklem seem to suggest that any hope for a pivot may be misplaced. Governor Macklem stated that there is more to be done as inflation will not fade away by itself.

Governor Macklem further weighed in on the recent uncertainty in financial markets indicating that it would not sway the BoC from fighting the immediate threat, which according to him remains inflation. The BoC has led the rate hiking cycle amongst its peers with 300bp of hikes since March as markets price in a further 75bp before the end of the year.

Market reaction

USDCAD Two-Hour Chart

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Source: TradingView, prepared by Zain Vawda

Initial reaction to the data release saw USDCAD fall around 20 pips. The break of the descending trendline on the 2H chart may hint at one more push higher before the bears return.

On the larger timeframes the pair remains overextended and in need of a pullback. The Canadian dollar has lost around 8% to the greenback in the past two months before finding resistance at the confluence area around 1.3950.

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