Canadian Data Continues to Disappoint

Joe Perry
By :  ,  US Market Analyst

Canadian Retail Sales were released earlier today, and the results were disappointing.  Although the data was for October, the data still matters.   The headline retail sales number (MoM) was -1.2% vs expectations of +0.5% and -0.1% in September.  This is the lowest headline number since November 2018.  Core Retail Sales (MoM), which excludes autos, was -0.5%, vs +0.1% expected and a revised -0.1% data print from September.

The retail sales data continues a string of disappointing data from Canada.  The Employment Change from November was -71,200 vs an expectation of 10,000.  The Unemployment Rate also rose to 5.9% from 5.5% in October.  In addition, manufacturing sales were -0.7% for October vs 0% expected.  The Bank of Canada left rates unchanged at 1.75% at its December 4th meeting, however this new data will need to be considered when they meet again on January 22, 2020. 

As we have written about previously, USD/CAD has been trading in a multi-year, symmetrical triangle and has been nearing the apex.

Market chart shows decline in the USD and CAD. Published in Dec 2019 by FOREX.com

Source: Tradingview, FOREX.com

In October, price broke the rising, lower trendline of the triangle near 1.3050, only to trade back towards the 200 Day Moving Average near 1.3270, and squeeze as high as 1.3327, only to turn lower and back below the rising trendline.  With today’s poor retail sales data, price has put in a long bullish white candle and price is currently trying to break back above the rising trendline at 1.3180. 

Market chart comparing USD to CAD. Published in Dec 2019 by FOREX.com

Source: Tradingview, FOREX.com

On a 240-minute timeframe, price moved higher off horizontal support near 1.3100  to the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level from the December 3rd high to the December 18th low near 1.3185 and stalled there.  Above the 38.2% retracement level is horizontal resistance near 1.3220.  The next resistance level is the December 3rd high at 1.3320.  Support is at the previous low near 1.3100, then a zone or zone of support between 1.3000 and 1.3140. 

Market chart performance of the USD against the Canadian Dollar. Published in Dec 2019 by FOREX.com

Source: Tradingview, FOREX.com

Although we are focusing on the shorted time frame levels, the next longer-term move will be on a break of either 1.3000 or 1.3500.  We may have to wait until the next Bank of Canada rate decision meeting on January 22, 2020 to get it though.


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