The Canadian dollar started another week trading high versus its U.S. counterpart as markets that influence its rates rallied in the start of this week, specially energetic and metallic commodities, before tomorrow’s interest rate decision in the North American nation.
After a rather bearish past week for the crude oil which posted consecutive days of losses as risk aversion rose in Europe and China, the Canadian dollar benefited from a rebound in the oil rates today, as future contracts advanced for the first time in six days. Canada is also a metallic commodity exporter, and as the copper advanced together with stocks in Europe, the loonie advanced significantly versus the greenback in a rather calm trading session due to a bank holiday in the United States. Commodities and equities rates fueled by risk appetite are maintaining the Canadian currency among the best performers this year in
Analysts remain very confident that the rally in commodities will set the loonie to parity with its U.S. counterpart at some point this year, as the global economic recovery is likely to push the oil and metals up, as manufacturing sectors in Canada’s main trading partners are increasing demand for raw materials by the day.
USD/CAD traded at 1.0254 as of 14:49 GMT from a previous rate of 1.0293 when markets opened yesterday. CAD/JPY advanced to 88.44 from 88.07.
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