- CAD sells off to the area beyond the 1.2600 mark vs. the buck.
- BoC leaves rates on hold at 1.25%, in line with expectations.
- BoC expects inflation to pick up pace during this year.
USD/CAD higher on BoC
CAD gained further downside impetus after the BoC left the benchmark rate unchanged at 1.25% at today’s meeting, matching the broad consensus among traders.
In addition, the central bank now expects inflation to be ‘modestly higher in 2018’, while it will continue to assess the labour market with special focus on the remaining slack.
Despite higher rates appear warranted over time, the BoC noted that some monetary accommodation will be needed in order to maintain inflation on target.
Later in the NA session, CAD is seen under scrutiny in light of the press conference by Governor S.Poloz and Deputy Governor C.Wilkins.
USD/CAD significant levels
As of writing the index is gaining 0.57% at 1.2624 and a surpass of 1.2635 (high Apr.18) would aim for 1.2710 (high Apr.10) and finally 1.2722 (38.2% Fibo of the 2017 drop). On the flip side, the initial support comes in at 1.2525 (low Apr.17) followed by 1.2469 (23.6% Fibo of the 2017 drop) and then 1.2447 (low Feb.16).
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