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USD/CAD steady around 1.2365 amid falling crude oil prices

  • The market mood is upbeat as U.S. stock indices trade higher.
  • Falling crude oil prices boost the outlook for the US dollar against the Canadian dollar.
  • BoC’s Tim Macklem: Global supply chain bottlenecks are not easing, meaning inflation may not be temporary as expected.
  • USD/CAD remains sideways during the US session and is trading at 1.2362.

USD/CAD remains sideways during the US session and is trading at 1.2362 at the time of writing. Previously, market sentiment was bearish due to higher inflationary pressures and central banks scaled back pandemic-era stimulus programs. U.S. stock indexes, however, posted gains of 0.24% and 0.52%. With the exception of the Dow Jones Industrials, which remains sideways at the time of publication.



Crude oil prices fall for the first time in eight days

Meanwhile, crude oil prices are falling. The U.S. benchmark Western Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil is trading at $81.55 per barrel, putting more pressure on the oil-linked Canadian dollar.

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the performance of the dollar against six peers, is down 0.04%, trading at 93.94. Treasury yields are rising, with the 10-year yield up two and a half points to 1.60%.

According to Bank of Canada Governor Tim Macklem, global supply chain bottlenecks are not abating as quickly as expected, meaning inflation in Canada and IMF members will likely take longer than expected to fall.

Bank of Canada’s Business Outlook Survey (BoS) for the third quarter revealed on Monday that business confidence continued to improve, with the BoS indicator reaching an all-time high of 4.73, up from 3.96 in the second quarter.

Supply constraints can limit sales and put upward pressure on costs, according to the report. In addition, 45% of the companies interviewed in the survey expect the Consumer Price Index to exceed 3% over the next two years. However, half of those companies say that “the drivers of higher inflation are temporary.”

On the U.S. economic agenda, Industrial Production contracted 1.3%, worse than the 0.2% increase expected by analysts. Additionally, capacity utilization fell from 76.2% in August to 75.2% in September.


Michelle D. Madsen

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