The Canadian monthly GDP is announced on Wednesday at 15:30 MT time.
Will the Canadian dollar strengthen?
Canada will publish retail sales and core retail sales at 15:30 MT time on December 20. The headline indicator shows the change in the total value of sales at the retail level. The core one is generally the same, but without automobile sales due to their volatility. These indicators are important as they show the level of consumer spending in the country. The previously released data was positive for CAD bulls. While core retail sales advanced by 0.2%, the headline indicator fell, but the decline was smaller than the analysts’ expectations (-0.1% vs. -0.3% expected).
• If the releases are greater than analysts’ expectations, the CAD will rise;
• If the releases are weaker than analysts’ expectations, the CAD will fall.
The Canadian central bank will make a monetary policy report and announce interest rates on Wednesday, January 20, at 17:00 MT time. Also, the BOC press conference will be held later.
USD’s rally takes a pause, while riskier assets are modestly rising.
We are now past the middle of January, and this means that the largest US companies will report their earnings for the fourth quarter and many of them will provide the results of the entire 2020.