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USD/CAD Hits Highs of the Week After Canada's GDP Cools in 2Q

The Canadian economy has cooled to end the 2nd quarter, with a growth rate for the month of June of -0.5%. Now, the country is a bit unique in putting out monthly GDP reports, but this was slightly worse than expected.

Here's a view of the monthly GDP changes:

Putting together the 3 monthly readings then, the economy grew an annualized 1.7% in the 2nd quarter, down from 2.2% in the 1st quarter (which itself was revised down from 2.5%). This is a report that shows that the Canadian economy is growing only modestly, and that the central bank is likely to stay put with interest rates at 1% for a good long while.

Now, there were some mitigating factors like a flood in Alberta that hurt the oil industry, and a strike by construction workers for 2 weeks which caused a 1.9% drop in construction activity during the quarter.

Still, all in all, the anticipation of this weak GDP report has been putting pressure on the CAD and the USD/CAD continues to trade near its highs for the session in the aftermath (though there is some general USD strength as well).


- Nick