Rising Unemployment Affects Canada’s Dollar Performance

The U.S. dollar pared most of this week’s losses versus its Canadian counterpart as a report today indicated that the number of job cuts in Canada was higher than what economists predicted.
After trading at a 10-month high in the beginning of the week, the Canadian dollar reverted its winning streak and declined even further today as a government report indicated that employment figures shrank much beyond economists forecasts, making the loonie to be traded at a one-week low after the report was published. Commodities and stocks decline influenced by weaker corporate and banking earnings pushed the Canadian currency down this week, as traders fled riskier assets to seek safety in more conservative investments like bonds and currencies like the Japanese yen and the U.S. dollar.
The Canadian dollar was overpriced and today’s job data was the perfect excuse for traders to profit and make the loonie to return to more realistic levels, according to currency specialists. This week, even the Bank of Canada showed concerns regarding the loonie’s rapid rise, and today’s movement could be even be considered adequate for the Canadian economy.
USD/CAD declined sharply after the employment report being traded at 1.0836, a significant rise from yesterday’s rate of 1.0735.

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