Markets  |  March 21, 2013 13:50:00

North America has brought positive news New applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S. rose slightly to 336,000 from the previous week, when it reached 334 000th The overall trend still looks very healthy and the labor market apparently doing. Economists had expected a slight decrease from America to 342,000 applications. 4-week moving average of measuring the number of applications dropped by 7,500 to 339,750, which is the best result since February 2008. The number of Americans receiving unemployment benefits rose by 5,000 to 3.053 million. The unemployment rate remains at 7.7 percent. The U.S. central bank (Fed) keeps the current quantitative easing in the form of buying bonds for $ 85 billion.It seeks to reduce the unemployment rate to 6.5 percent. Overall, the world's largest economy getting better, and the situation on the labor market should gradually improve.

The manufacturing sector in the U.S. continues to thrive. Evidenced by the outcome of today's purchasing managers index (PMI) for the production, which amounted to 54.9 points. Exceeded and the result of the previous month of 54.3 points. Companies are able to acquire new orders and overall market sentiment is improving. Prospectively U.S. production remains positive and should continue to grow.

Canadian retail sales in January enjoy an 1.0 percent growth. Overall, it earned 38.9 billion Canadian dollars. Sales were mainly driven by improved sales of automobiles, which was measured monthly growth of 2.8 percent.Retail sales minus cars in January, rose by 0.5 percent. Large department stores sales increased by 2.8 percent, and even specialty stores by 11.5 percent. Sales of clothing and accessories grew by 1.2 percent. Electronics have risen by 2.3 percent. The biggest fall was recorded at petrol stations by 1.4 percent.

USD / CAD was able to maintain over the support Fibonacci levels of 23.6 and falling trend line. At the same time opens the door to a slight strengthening of the slower trend line and a moving average of the 100th Resistance is important, the value of 1.0277.

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