USD/CAD Breaks Down as Oil Soars, Trendline Support at Risk –



  • The Canadian dollar rallies at the start of the week, supported by surging oil prices
  • Energy markets soar on Monday after OPEC+ announces unexpected move to cut crude production from May onwards
  • USD/CAD breaks below the 1.3500 level and falls toward trendline support at 1.3420, the next major technical floor in focus

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The Canadian dollar rallied on Monday, boosted by widespread weakness in the U.S. dollar in the FX space, but more importantly by higher oil prices on the session – a top export for the Canadian economy. WTI and Brent soared more than 5% after OPEC+ unexpectedly announced a production cut aimed at stabilizing energy markets following wild swings in recent weeks.

OPEC+’s decision to slash output from May onwards will curtail worldwide supplies in the coming months, bolstering oil prices and creating a floor for the commodity in the event of a pronounced deterioration in the global economic outlook. This scenario is likely to be supportive of the Loonie, provided sentiment recovers further and volatility remains subdued.

Against this backdrop, USD/CAD fell more than 0.6% at the start of the week, breaking below the psychological 1.3500 level and falling towards trendline support at 1.3420, sitting slightly above the 200-day simple moving average, the line in the sand for bears and bulls. Price reaction in this area could offer important technical clues about the outlook, with a breakdown exposing 1.3370, followed by 1.3220.

While the bearish scenario seems more probable at the moment, a bullish turnaround should not be entirely ruled out. That said, if USD/CAD fails to breach the 1.3420-1.3400 floor and manages to rebound off of that region, buying interest could accelerate, setting the stage for a move towards the 1.3500 handle. On further strength, the focus shifts to the 50-day simple moving average.

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