Forex – USD/CAD edges higher despite strong Canadian GDP data

© Reuters.  Greenback gains ground vs. loonie in early trade© Reuters. Greenback gains ground vs. loonie in early trade – The U.S. dollar edged higher against its Canadian counterpart on Wednesday, despite the release of strong Canadian economic growth data, as tumbling oil prices limited the Canadian currency’s gains.

hit 1.3485 during early U.S. trade, the session high; the pair subsequently consolidated at 1.3484, up 0.19%.

The pair was likely to find support at 1.3424, the low of May 29 and resistance at 1.3508, Tuesday’s high.

Statistics Canada said rose 0.5% in March, beating expectations for a growth rate of 0.2% and after a flat reading the previous month.

But the commodity-related Canadian dollar’s gains were capped by sharply lower amid fresh .

Meanwhile, the greenback remained under pressure amid fears investigations into President Donald Trump’s ties with Russia could hamper his administration’s progress on promised stimulus measures.

Market participants were already eyeing Friday’s nonfarm payrolls report for further indications on the strength of the U.S. job market, which could give additional clues on whether or not the Federal Reserve will hike rates at its June policy meeting.

The loonie was lower against the euro, with gaining 0.47% to 1.5128.

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