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Canadian labour market closes 2019 on a bright note – TD Securities

"The Canadian economy added 35k jobs in December, reversing roughly half of the decline from November," noted TD Securities analysts.

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"The underlying details were broadly positive, with hiring concentrated in full-time positions and a roughly even split between the goods and services sectors. The unemployment rate fell from 5.9% to 5.6%."

"If there was one wrinkle in the report, it was a larger than expected slowdown in wage growth (average hourly earnings for permanent employees slowed from +4.4% y/y to +3.8% y/y). We'd emphasize that 3.8% is still an objectively strong growth rate, and LFS wage growth has been running hotter than other comparable metrics."

"FX: The data beat is helpful but doesn't alter the shifting macro narrative for CAD relative to other currencies. We still like AUDCAD higher in the short-run and think the data-inspired dip will welcome new buying opportunities in USDCAD en route to 1.32."

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