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Canadian dollar adds to gains as markets bet Bank of Canada cuts rates before Fed By

© Reuters. – The Canadian Dollar added to gains vs. its U.S. counterpart today, with the supported by broad-risk on sentiment, and as markets continued to digest yesterday’s more-hawkish than expected rate-hold from the

Meanwhile, the greenback continued to retreat following a reiteration of coming rate cuts this year from as he continued his testimony to the Senate today. 

Analysts at Commerzbank (ETR:) note that the BoC’s more hawkish tone relative to Powell’s comments indicate that the BoC is likely to move in lockstep with – or later than the Fed, implying further upside for the loonie in coming months.  

Commerzbank analysts note, “Some market participants were expecting a more dovish tone in the statement. The fact that the BoC did not deliver reinforces our view that the BoC is unlikely to cut rates until after the Fed.”

“We therefore continue to see upside potential for the CAD in the coming months.”

Following the BoC’s rate decision yesterday, markets now expect rate cuts in July rather than in June, as had been priced in before the Canadian central bank’s interest rate announcement. 

Jerome Powell’s testimony meanwhile has served to strengthen bets of a .

Further impetus to the pair will come from tomorrow’s , and U.S. for February, which markets will be watching to gain further possible insights on the rate path forward for the Canadian and U.S. central banks. 

On a technical level for the pair, analysts at FXStreet note that “Thursday’s decline drags the pair back into the 200-day Simple Moving Average (SMA) at 1.3477, and the immediate technical floor is priced in at the last meaningful swing low toward 1.3350.”

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