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Currency Market Trend Analysis: May 14, 2018

Ryan May 14th, 2018
Currency Market Trend Analysis: May 14, 2018



By The Numbers: Your FX Week In Review

Foreign currency value versus USD is decreasing
Foreign currency value versus USD is increasing
*Indicators show the percent change over the past week.

Currency Calendar

Date Releases / Holiday  
May 15, 2018 Eurogroup Meeting EUR
May 15, 2018 GDP QoQ/YoY EUR
May 15, 2018 ILO Unemployment Rate GBP
May 15, 2018 Inflation Report Hearings GBP
May 15, 2018 Retail Sales MoM USD
May 16, 2018 EcoFin Meeting EUR
May 16, 2018 Consumer Price Index MoM/YoY EUR
May 16, 2018 Housing Starts USD
May 17, 2018 ADP Employment Change CAD
May 17, 2018 Canadian/Foreign portfolio investment CAD
May 17, 2018 BoC Review CAD
May 18, 2018 Producer Price Index MoM/YoY EUR
May 18, 2018 Retail Sales MoM CAD
May 18, 2018 Consumer Price Index MoM/YoY CAD

Upcoming bank holidays and impactful report releases for select countries.

Market Analysis

Canadian Dollar

CAD/USD opened last week at 0.7785 and closed at 0.7815 – appreciating by 0.39% with the help of the rally of crude oil prices.

President Trump’s decision to abandon the Iran Deal has helped bring oil prices back up and helped the CAD recover previous losses. 

Along with the liquid gold increase, Canada also experienced an increase in full-time employment and wages. A Bank of Canada review, Retail Sales and the CPI is up later this week. 


1. ADP Employment Change: Thursday, May 17th

2. BoC Review: Thursday, May 17th

3. Retail Sales MoM: Friday, May 18th

4. Consumer Price Index MoM/YoYFriday, May 18th


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British Pound

GBP/USD opened last week at 1.3530 and closed at 1.3542 – appreciating by 0.09% with rates remaining unchanged and US data coming out weak has let the GBP have a small jump last week.

With the BOE on-hold with raising rates, the economic state is not in ideal conditions for a rise. Investors say a rise might be more likely in August or November. All eyes are on the unemployment rate and inflation reports coming out on Tuesday along with the royal wedding on Saturday. 


1. ILO Unemployment Rate: Tuesday, May 15th

2. Inflation Report Hearings: Tuesday, May 15th


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European Central Bank Euro

EUR/USD opened last week at 1.1965 and closed at 1.1945 – depreciating by 0.17% due to deceleration of economic growth in the EU.

The US and EU both came out with lower than expected economic data last week, bringing down the pair. There could be some light on the horizon with the upcoming data releases in the EU. Most investors will be waiting for the inflation reports from the EcoFin meeting on Wednesday to know the full state of the EU.


1. Eurogroup Meeting: Tuesday, May 15th

2. GDP QoQ/YoY: Tuesday, May 15th

3. EcoFin MeetingWednesday, May 16th

4. Consumer Price Index MoM/YoY: Wednesday, May 16th

5. Producer Price Index MoM//YoYFriday, May 18th


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