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- Oil prices rose as an Iranian oil tanker was hit by missiles on Friday.
- The Canadian labour market posted a stellar performance in September, adding 53.7k jobs. Wage growth picked up as the unemployment fell to near-historic lows.
- The housing market continued to recover, contributing to an acceleration in mortgage credit growth.
- Given the evolution of the data, the Bank of Canada appears likely to remain on the sidelines when it meets at the end of this month.
- CPI report – the only key data release this week – confirmed that inflation remained tame in September. Both headline and core inflation registered a muted 0.1% increase on the month, leaving the readings flat on a year-over-year basis.
- Meanwhile, the JOLTs survey showed that worker demand had softened over summer. The number of job openings fell in August on a year-on-year basis – a third drop in as many months.
- Unless a breakthrough in the U.S.- China trade impasse is reached later today, benign inflation and further signs of the domestic economy cooling off should lead to an even broader agreement for further monetary easing among the FOMC members when they meet later this month.