Thursday, December 18th-0.1°C
24562
23715

Loonie closes higher amid weather-impacted housing data, interest rate forecasts

TORONTO - The Canadian dollar closed higher Tuesday as traders speculated about the pace of U.S. interest rate hikes and digested data showing how severe winter weather has impacted the American housing sector.

The loonie was up 0.28 of a cent at 89.61 cents US.

Charles Plosser, president of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, told CNBC he sees the federal funds rate at three per cent at the end of 2015 and four per cent at the end of 2016.

The current target range for the federal funds rate is between zero and a quarter point.

Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen caught markets unawares last week when she said that the Fed could start upping rates from near zero six months after the end of its bond buying program.

Plosser said the reaction of the markets surprised him, adding that Yellen's timetable "wasn't a wildly unexpected timeframe".

Cold weather continued to limit buying last month as U.S. new home sales dropped by 3.3 per cent in February.

The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite also indicated that U.S. home prices ticked down 0.1 per cent in January in a third month of declines, with 12 of 20 tracked cities posting drops. On a seasonally adjusted basis, home prices in January rose 0.8 per cent.

Elsewhere on the economic front, business confidence in Germany has slipped back from a 2 1/2-year high as tensions over Ukraine cloud companies’ outlook for the next six months. The Ifo institute said its monthly confidence index dropped to 110.7 points this month from 111.3 in February. That was slightly worse than the 110.9 economists had predicted.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stressed that she wants a diplomatic solution to the crisis over Russia’s actions in Ukraine but has made clear she won’t shy away from economic sanctions if the situation there escalates.

Commodities were higher as May crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange erased early gains to decline 41 cents to US$99.19 a barrel.

April gold bullion inched up 20 cents to US$1,311.40 an ounce while May copper was up six cents to US$3.01 a pound.

The Canadian Press


Read more Business News




Recent Trending




Today's Market
S&P TSX14213.88+352.36
S&P CDNX659.00+16.65
DJIA17356.87288.00
Nasdaq4644.312+96.477
S&P 5002012.89+40.15
CDN Dollar0.8615+0.0027
Gold1198.50+4.20
Oil56.44-0.03
Lumber337.20+3.00
Natural Gas3.684-0.018

 
Okanagan Companies
Pacific Safety0.125+0.005
Knighthawk0.01-0.005
QHR Technologies Inc1.27+0.04
Cantex0.03-0.005
Anavex Life Sciences0.1659-0.0241
Metalex Ventures0.05-0.005
Russel Metals27.18+1.03
Copper Mountain Mining1.54+0.11
Colorado Resources0.105-0.005
ReliaBrand Inc0.0199+0.0065
Sunrise Resources Ltd0.055+0.005
Mission Ready Services0.22+0.02

 
24130


23762

FEATURED Property
1337928305-1229 Bernard Ave.
2 bedrooms 2 baths
$188,900
more details
image2image2image2
Click here to feature your property
Please wait... loading


Managing your sales team

Managing a sales team can be quite a challenge. Harnessing individual personality preferences and getting everyone focused on the same goals, moving at the same pace, and working in collaboration to d...


Working under the table

They say there are only two things that are certain in life: death and taxes. Not exactly an uplifting thought, but true nonetheless. Some people try to avoid paying tax by “working under the ta...


Housing prices to skyrocket?

As most of you know, this column was started with a focus on Okanagan real estate. Over time, more and more columnists started covering the real estate sphere and so it morphed in to a personal colum...

_





24437


Member of BC Press Council


23860