USD/CAD ANLAYSIS & TALKING POINTS
- Souring risk sentiment leaves CAD on the backfoot this Monday morning.
- BoC unlikely to bolster CAD.
- USD/CAD hesitates at 1.35.
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CANADIAN DOLLAR FUNDAMENTAL BACKDROP
The Canadian dollar upside rally looks to be fading as we enter a big week in terms of key economic data for both Canada and the US. Safe haven demand has bolstered the USD as the war between Israel and Hamas gathers steam. The OPEC+ decision last week did not help the loonie either as markets reacted negatively to the announcement, resulting in lower crude oil prices. Ahead of the Bank of Canada (BoC) interest rate decision later this week, money markets are pricing in a rate pause with roughly 88% probability (refer to table below). If we take into account the recent Canadian economic data including muted growth, marginally higher unemployment and weaker manufacturing PMI’s, there is little benefit for the CAD on the local front.
BANK OF CANADA INTEREST RATE PROBABILITIES
The week ahead will be mostly dictated by US factors (see economic calendar below) with short-term focus on ISM service PMI tomorrow. A key data point for the US considering the economy is largely services driven. JOLTs data will also monitored closely ahead of Friday’s Non-Farm Payroll report. Both sets of data are expected to improve which could limit support for the CAD.
USD/CAD ECONOMIC CALENDAR (GMT +02:00)
Source: DailyFX Economic Calendar
USD/CAD DAILY CHART
Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG
Daily USD/CAD price action above shows bears being constrained around the 200-day moving average (blue) and 1.3500 psychological support level respectively. Although the falling wedge pattern (dashed black line) has been broken, the bullish continuation development may still be on the cards. A confirmation close below the aforementioned support zones could invalidate this but with the pair nearing oversold territory on the Relative Strength Index (RSI), a USD reversal is likely.
Key resistance levels:
- 50-day MA
Key support levels:
IG CLIENT SENTIMENT DATA: MIXED
IGCS shows retail traders are currently net LONG on USD/CAD, with 51% of traders currently holding long positions (as of this writing).
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