Loonie ahead of CPI and Retail Sales

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USDCAD rebounded from recent losses, tracking a broader price action in the US Dollar. Above forecast data out of the US, including the latest readings on jobless claims and Philly Fed index, propped up Treasury yields. At the same time Oil prices pulled back from fresh trend highs.

USDCAD saw a rebound high at 1.3383 earlier and currently settled few pips lower. From the economic data perspective, Loonie might be affected from the Canadian February CPI data and Retail Sales which will be released today.

The CPI is expected to climb 0.5% in February (m/m, nsa) after the 0.1% rise in January, boosted by stronger gasoline prices and seasonal strength in February’s CPI. Total CPI is projected to expand at a 1.4% y/y pace (nsa) in February, matching the 1.4% clip in January. The core CPI measures are expected to hold just under a 2.0% y/y clip in February, consistent with a subdued backdrop for underlying inflation.

The month of February displays some of the strongest month comparable seasonal gains of they year. Gasoline prices were firmer in February, rising 4.0% compared to January. Mortgage costs are likely to have firmed further and the usual bounce in travel service prices should be seen. The airfare component is the usual wildcard.

For Retail sales number, growth of 0.3% in January is anticipated, after the 0.1% dip in December.Gasoline prices fell 3.1% in January after dropping 6.5% in December according to the CPI, which should weigh on total and ex-autos sales values in January.

Data in line with expectations should’t have much impact on the Canadian Dollar. Intraday Resistance for USDCAD holds at 1.3390, while a break of it could lead to the retest of 1.3400-1.3420 area. Support holds at 1.3345-1.3360 area.

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