The Canadian dollar ranked among the worst performers in currency markets today as risk aversion influenced commodities and equities trading, which are strongly related to the loonie’s rates as weak economic data in the country also influenced the confidence towards Canada’s currency.
Speculations that interest rates hikes would happen anytime soon in Canada faded further away as consumer prices retreated according to a report published today, which forced the loonie down in a day were demand for raw materials declined, affecting the outlook for the Canadian economy as half of the country’s exports are commodities. The U.S. dollar advanced sharply versus its Canadian counterpart ask risk aversion brought traders to purchase safer assets in the world’s wealthiest nation, pushing the loonie away from parity with the greenback this Wednesday in
A considerable amount of strength in the loonie’s rally since the beginning of the year was based on the fact that a fast paced recovery would improve odds of interest rate hikes by the Bank of Canada, which has not been confirmed or signaled by the Canadian financial authorities so far, decreasing attractiveness for the loonie. Today, the commodities market was also bearish, affecting demand for Canadian raw materials and causing a double impact on the loonie rates.
USD/CAD traded at 1.0472 as of 19:23 GMT from a previous rate of 1.0314 yesterday. CAD/JPY traded at 87.06 from 88.39.
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