The USD/CAD pair builds on the overnight bounce from the 1.3565 area, or a multi-day low, and gains some follow-through traction for the second successive day on Wednesday. The pair maintains its bid tone through the early part of the European session and trades near the top end of its daily range, around the 1.3645 region.
A combination of factors assists the US Dollar (USD) in attracting fresh buyers, which, in turn, acts as a tailwind for the USD/CAD pair. Investors seem convinced that the Federal Reserve (Fed) will keep interest rates higher for longer and have been pricing in a greater chance of another 25 bps lift-off at the June FOMC policy meeting. The US PCE Price Index data lifted the bets on Friday, which showed that inflation remains sticky. This, along with the risk-off impulse, further benefits the safe-haven buck.
The market sentiment remains fragile amid worries about slowing economic growth, particularly in China. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reported this Wednesday that China’s factory activity shrank faster than expected in May. Moreover, business activity in China’s service expanded slowly in four months. This and concerns about the worsening US-China ties overshadow the optimism over raising the US debt ceiling and tempering investors’ appetite for perceived riskier assets.
Meanwhile, a patchy economic recovery in the world’s second-largest economy raises concerns about fuel demand from the top oil importer China. This, in turn, drags Crude Oil prices to a nearly four-week low, undermining the commodity-linked Loonie and providing an additional boost to the USD/CAD pair. Spot prices move well within striking distance of the monthly peak touched last week as traders now look to important macro releases from Canada and the US for some significant impetus.
Wednesday’s economic docket features the release of the Canadian Q1 GDP report, along with the Chicago PMI and JOLTS Job Openings data from the US later during the early North American session. Apart from this, speeches by influential FOMC members and the broader risk sentiment will drive the USD demand. Traders will take cues from Oil price dynamics to grab short-term opportunities around the USD/CAD pair. Nevertheless, the aforementioned fundamental backdrop favors bullish traders.