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Usdcad Analysis – USD/CAD uptrend on verge of handle formation

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Usdcad Analysis – USD/CAD uptrend on verge of handle formation

USD/CAD uptrend on verge of handle formation however short-term bulls drift in narrow range as buying momentum shrinks away: The US dollar bulls appear to have taken a halt in the tight range between 1.3588 and 1.3378 against CAD, the bulls’ momentum shrinking away in tight range, after last week’s long legged doji formation at 1.3496 levels, in the week once more the formation of long legged doji is the most likely (see weekly plotting).

While CAD bulls gaining traction in this tight range on account of OPEC’s meeting that’s scheduled on this 30th (see each daily and monthly plotting). though the present prices ar consistently spiking well above DMAs testing upper range as the stiff resistance at 1.3588 to go in the slender range. For now, the breach above exposes more upside potential due to additional bullish momentum offered by leading oscillators on monthly terms.

On a broader perspective, as you’ll probably make out from monthly plotting, ever since the pair has taken supports at 1.3070 levels, bulls in major trend resumed and since then prices spiking higher once more above 7EMA to resemble a handle pattern in conjunction with the saucer pattern earlier. each leading oscillators signal buying interests on this timeframe, as RSI (14) evidences a bullish convergence with the rising prices above 62 levels after testing support at 52 levels multiple times in the past, thus we believe there has been buying sentiments atleast in the medium run. while stochastic has been quite decisive on each weekly and monthly terms to signal momentum in this buying sentiment but slightly bullish bias over medium terms.

To substantiate this bullish stance, MACD’s bullish crossover above zero levels signals uptrend to prolong additional. If the intermediate bulls manage to interrupt higher than higher vary (i.e 1.3588), then the rallies continue to persist, as a result, handle pattern is possible in coming months. Hence, to participate during this bull run we encourage option spreads like patterns to stay our FX portfolio safeguarded regardless of swings. we come up with such strategy in our upcoming write-ups.

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  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: November 28, 2016

    The USD/CAD pair was consolidating and trading in a tight range last week, with the strength of the USD being countered by equally-strong loonie. However, the currency pair briefly dropped at the 1.3380 trading range but closed down the week on a much higher note at 1.3600 points. The USD/CAD exhibited active fluctuations throughout the week but were quickly reversed after sellers and buyers both struggled to take control of the currency pair.

    The USD had remarkable strength for the past three weeks ever since the results of the US elections, while the increasing value of the CAD was largely attributed to highly positive economic data from the Canadian economy, as well as the continued buoyancy of oil prices. The OPEC is set to have a meeting this coming November 30 and the organization is expected to produce a deal between oil producers with regards to production cuts, with producers expected to be in support of a production cut, which has boosted the CAD and has kept the USD/CAD pair in line.

    For this week, the market is expecting the OPEC meeting and if the results of the said meeting turn out to be positive, then the USD/CAD pair could possibly go upwards to 1.3400 and could even go further at 1.3300 points. For the US, the NFP employment report is also slated to be released within the week, and if this particular data turns out to be positive, then this could be an indicator for the market as to whether the Fed would be increasing the frequency of its rate hikes for next year which could further strengthen the greenback.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: November 29, 2016

    The pair USD/CAD has been on a spree but with no direction since OPEC hasn’t reached an agreement yet. Oil prices came at a low price yesterday morning the reports came in at the afternoon with Iraq would participate alongside with other OPEC members in reducing production output but there are also reports saying the opposite where countries like Iran and Iraq have no plan of any production cuts.

    Loonies are dependent to the oil market pricing as it strengthens relative the oil prices. The pair was seen to begin trading at 1.3500 level then later set in close to the support at 1.3400 after the news has been released. It ranges from 1.34 handle to 1.3450 as the market is not definite on what will happen next that makes the market undecided. What happened on September may occur again where OPEC decided on the last minute.

    The Bank of Canada’s Governor Poloz had a speech this morning in a positive tone inciting the economy is improving and getting stronger. As the loonies continue to appreciate this keeps the tension up trading in this pair with high volatility while the market still awaits on the outcome of tomorrow’s OPEC meeting.

    We had the BOC Governor Poloz speaking early today and he did sound generally very positive about the economy and expressed that the data is slowly getting better which means that the economy is getting stronger as time rolls on. This also added to the CAD strength and helped to keep the pair under pressure. It is expected to have ample liquidity today and tomorrow however if the reverse happens, then the pair will price higher and the Canadian dollar will depreciate.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: December 7, 2016

    The USD/CAD consolidated and tailed the direction of oil prices during the previous trading session, with the Canadian dollar slightly easing in value after oil prices displayed corrections during the trading session. The Canadian Trade Balance data also came out yesterday and exceeded initial market expectations which helped augment the value of the CAD. The currency pair mainly consolidated on both sides of the 1.3300 trading range.

    The market is expecting the Federal Reserve meeting this coming mid-December, and although the Fed rate hike this December is basically minted within the market, market players are now more interested with regards to hints and guidances on the Federal Reserve’s rate hikes next year. The USD/CAD pair is expected to undergo an increase in pressure a few days prior to the Fed meeting since crude oil prices are a major factor in this issue, and another bullish stance is expected for oil prices in the coming days.

    For today’s trading session, Canada is set to release a rate statement from the Bank of Canada, where the BOC is expected to maintain its rates and could give traders more insight with regards to the central bank’s stance with regards to the overall feel of the Canadian economy. Traders are expecting some hints with regards to the BOC’s views on future rate cut backs in the coming months, particularly next year.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: December 9, 2016

    The USD/CAD is currently still subject to increased pressure after crude oil prices surged during yesterday’s trading session. The currency pair is expected to experience this particular pressure as long as oil prices continue to fluctuate and would only cease once crude oil prices reach equilibrium. If this phenomenon happens, then the strength of the USD would most likely dominate the currency pair, and the weak value of the CAD would cause the currency pair to increase in value.

    Although the Canadian dollar is currently strengthening, its price is expected to drop once crude oil prices stop its fluctuations and cease from moving upwards, especially since certain issues with the NAFTA agreement will be reopened due to Trump’s re-negotiation, and any changes with this particular agreement would have a significant effect on the trade relationships between Canada and US. The CAD could also weaken due to minor market speculations that the Bank of Canada would be implementing rate cuts next year, and unless the currency pair manages to break through 1.3000, then the USD/CAD will continue to be on the upward trend with a target of 1.4000 points.

    There are no major economic news releases expected from the Canadian economy for today’s trading session, and while the US will be releasing its UoM Consumer Sentiment data, this particular piece of news from the region is not expected to have a major impact on the market in general. Market players will now be shifting their focus to US yields, as well as on the scheduled Fed meeting next week, where the Fed is expected to finally implement its much-awaited interest rate hike. However, this event does not automatically translate to an increase in the value of the USD, but the market is expected to receive hints with regards to the Fed’s rate hikes this coming 2017.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: December 12, 2016

    The USD/CAD was subject to pressure for the majority of last week’s trading sessions due to the continued buoyancy of oil prices despite a short drop in the commodity’s price. Since the Canadian dollar is hugely reliant on crude oil prices and with the fluctuations in oil prices, the CAD has been subject to wildly erratic activity during the past week as well. Presently, market players are expecting that oil prices would experience further surges during this week and the USD/CAD is expected to be subject to more pressure for this week as well.

    The economic releases from Canada last week turned out to be pretty positive, with the Canadian trade balance data clinching the string of positive economic data from the region. The Bank of Canada has also decided last week that it will be sustaining its rates at 0.5%, signalling remarkable improvements in the Canadian economy and is expected to further improve due to future increases in oil prices. The currency pair is now forming strong support bases at the 1.3180 trading region.

    For this week, the Federal Reserve is set to release its statement with regards to its long-anticipated interest rate hike, and the market currently has expectations of a 0.25% interest rate hike, plus hints on whether the central bank would be increasing the frequency of its hikes this coming 2017. The US is also set to release its retail sales data, while Canada will be releasing its Manufacturing Sales data, and these are expected to induce volatility for the USD/CAD this week. Analysts are speculating that if the pair manages to sustain its place at the 1.3000 region, then the currency pair would be able to continue its upward direction especially since crude oil prices could become tapered in the near future.

  • USD/CAD Technical Analysis: December 13, 2016

    The USD/CAD pair remained under 1.3120 points and has now clinched its tenth day in the lower rung of the trading range. The CAD dropped during the previous trading session due to a 5% increase in crude oil prices after the OPEC meeting last week, which included non-OPEC oil-producing countries, with the participants altogether agreeing to implement production cuts on oil. Participants who were not OPEC members all agreed to productions cuts amounting to a total of 600,000 bpd, with Russia contributing a total cut of 300,000 bpd. Saudi Arabia has also expressed its possible plans to further cut back on its production of oil. However, in spite of the uncertainty on whether oil producers would be able to push through with their planned production cuts, an increase in oil prices would most definitely help in augmenting US shale production and could offset the production cuts announced last week.

    The Canadian trade market would be able to benefit from steady increases in crude oil prices, as the USD/CAD’s 200 EMA is presently at 1.3075 points and is in line with 1.3040 on the lower region of the trading chart. Resistance levels for the USD/CAD pair is at the 1.3175-1.3185 trading region, and the pair shows signs of becoming oversold. Market players are now expecting a retrace if the 200 EMA maintains its current levels within the week.

  • USD/CAD Technical Analysis: December 28, 2016

    The stock market of Canada is close due to U.K’s official holiday, Boxing Day. While the release of GDP and CPI last week has changed the supposition of the Canadian regulator for the easing of its monetary policy in the near future. The pair remains in the hands of the buyers within its 6-week high. The greenbacks regain some of its losses because traders pushed the price towards the 1.3540 from the previous 1.3500 level.

    The short-lived upward momentum further weakened in the predetermined level where the buyers came across the resistance of the sellers.

    According to the 4-hour chart, the USDCAD hovered on top of the moving averages. The 50-EMA cross over the 200 and 100 EMA in an upward direction. While the 100 and 200-day moving averages are neutral and the 50-EMA headed up. Resistance highlighted the 1.3540 region, support sits in the 1.3470.

    The MACD histogram grew less which confirmed weak position for the buyers. RSI remained overvalued.

    If the 1.3540 region were unable to break, it would cause for a downward correction when the pair plunge below the 1.3470 support level. The next potential target of the sellers is 1.3400. The pair is able to expand its gains towards 1.3589 if the buyers break higher.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: December 28, 2016

    The USD/CAD pair is still trading with a bullish stance after spending almost the whole of the previous session trading above 1.3500 points, and this trend is expected to continue for today’s session. The USD traded on a somewhat much weaker tone in relation to other currencies, but in the loonie’s case the weakness of the US dollar seemed to have little if not completely no effect on this particular currency, with the CAD easily trading over 1.3500 points and could possibly become more positive when the USD regains some of its recent losses next week. Market speculators have long since been saying that the CAD might soon be subject to a very strong uptrend, and traders should be loading up on longs in order to make way for bigger future gains.

    The USD/CAD pair seems to be already unaffected by the movement of oil prices unlike a few weeks back, wherein the CAD had significant reactions to the wild careening of oil prices. Now, in spite of the recent increase in oil prices, the CAD continues to trade strongly. However, the next few weeks are expected to hit an adverse effect on the Canadian economy since the recent economic data from the region has done little to appease investor sentiment, and oil prices are expected to continue increasing, and Trump will be assuming office in January. The somewhat weakening of the CAD is evidence of this foreboding string of events next year.

    Today’s trading session will most likely be characterized by more consolidation and ranging with a bullish undertone since there are no major news releases from the Canadian economy.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: December 29, 2016

    The USD/CAD pair continued to trade in an upward direction due to substantial support coming from the USD, which was basically the market’s theme during yesterday’s trading session. The currency pair was able to maintain its buoyancy in spite of the recent surge in oil prices. Market speculators are now stating that oil prices could be well on its way towards reaching its optimum price and once oil prices stop going in an upward direction, then this could put more pressure on the Canadian dollar, thereby inducing a strong uptrend on the USD/CAD pair.

    The USD experienced a short correction during yesterday’s session after the US home sales data came in at a disappointing reading of -2.5% which fell short of initial market expectations of 0.5%. Luckily, the market is now shifting its focus on the Fed’s rate hikes this 2017, particularly the pricing of these rate hikes. The strength of the USD is very evident as of late, since the lack of trading and relatively low market liquidity was unable to mask the dollar’s strong stance, as well as the CAD’s pointed weakness.

    For today’s trading session, there are no major economic data scheduled to be released from Canada, while the US is expected to release its weekly oil inventory data. Since the market is relatively thin due to the holiday season, expect an added consolidation for the USD/CAD with a bullish undertone.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: January 9, 2017

    The USD/CAD has recently been in a reticent mood during the past few trading sessions, and analysts are speculating that the USD/CAD pair could possibly be in for a good trading session since oil prices have now become buoyant and is expected to remain buoyant since the cutbacks in the production of oil are expected to be implemented anytime soon, thereby spelling good news for the Canadian dollar. The Canadian trade balance data as well as the employment change data also came out exceeding initial investor expectations, and this means that the CAD would be receiving substantial support both in the long term and short term, and the Canadian dollar’s value could be well on its way to increasing.

    In a much more normal market setting, a scenario such as this would automatically lead to a correction in the USD/CAD. However, the USD is also gaining strength alongside the CAD, and this is expected to offset if not completely counter the effects of the recent rise in the value of the Canadian dollar. This situation is then expected to keep the pair within a tight trading range in the short term period. Friday’s session was a testament to this scenario, as the currency pair made a short drop at 1.3200 points but immediately went up above 1.3200 after the release of the economic data from the regions before finally settling just below 1.3250 points. There are no expected economic data to be released from both the Canadian and US economy for today, and this could help the USD/CAD to extend its gains towards 1.3300 points.

  • USD/CAD Technical Analysis: January 10, 2017

    The commodity-linked Canadian currency moved back as the dollar strengthened and oil prices declined. A bearish bias prevailed on Monday. The price tried to recover however, the 1.3260 hurdle prevents it to continue.

    Upon reaching the aforementioned level, the greenbacks rebounded from the barrier and progress towards the 1.3190 region afterward.

    The price continued to develop under the moving averages as indicated in the 4-hour chart. Shown in the same trading chart, the 50-EMA extended over the 100-EMA downwards. Moreover, the 50 and 200-EMAs maintained a lower position while the 100-EMA held an upward direction. Resistance lies at 1.3260, support entered the 1.3190. The MACD indicators improved which confirmed weak seller’s position. RSI hovered in the oversold readings.

    The bearish sentiment is preferable to dominate as of now, another downtrend is further expected. The next target of the sellers are 1.3120 and 1.3190. The USD/CAD is able to bounce off its losses supposing that it breaks the 1.3260 handle upwards so it can reached the 1.3330 region.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: January 12, 2017

    The USD/CAD pair exhibited additional corrections during yesterday’s trading sessions as the US dollar weakened significantly following the press conference of president-elect Donald Trump. The market initially expected Trump to give hints on his proposed economic, fiscal, and monetary policies but instead disappointed market players after he merely talked about his personal interests and his business enemies. This then caused the dismal drop in the value of the dollar. The stock market was able to recover slightly towards the end of the session, but the same could not be said for the US dollar.

    As oil prices managed to regain its losses during yesterday’s session, this has proved to be good news for the Canadian dollar since this lended the CAD some much-needed support and has triggered the USD/CAD pair to reach just under 1.3200 before settling to 1.3150 points. The economic news release from Canada came out better than what the market expected, and since oil prices are now looking good, these are expected to provide susbstantial support for the CAD in the long run. The USD/CAD pair could possibly test the 1.3000 level due to the recent weakness in the USD

    For today’s session, there are no major releases from the Canadian economy but we have the unemployment claims data from the US which will be released during the North American trading session. However, the most dominant market trend today would most likely still be the effects of the recently concluded press conference, and this is why the pair is possibly up for more weakness and volatility for today.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: January 16, 2017

    The USD/CAD remained to trade close on its range lows on the back of the dollar’s strength recovery. While the prices of oil appeared to have an optimistic result which assisted the CAD keep in the short term.

    The pair plunge under the 1.3100 level following the extensive weakening of the dollar, however, it immediately found buying pressure which supported the pair to return on top of 1.3100.

    Over the past few months, the USDCAD showed a consistent uptrend and every correction met a prompt and strong bounce which seems to be repetitive. The way towards the 1.400 medium target suggest a slow progress and the main uptrend supported the bulls to purchase every correction.

    Recently, the pair have acquired more buyers and there are banks that started to advise their clients regarding the 1.40 target.

    The strong Canadian data with a weak economy of the country is the reason why traders are directed to maintain a hard clean break under 1.3000 which signals that an uptrend has ended.
    There are no major economic data from Canada for this day since it was a bank holiday in the United States. It is further expected for a consolidation and ranging close to the range lows today.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: January 19, 2017

    The USD/CAD pair was previously situated in a very critical support region and has reverted in the region just below 1.3000 points. The Bank of Canada has already released its statement regarding the central bank’s rates, and the bank also held a press conference later in the day. The pair’s strong bounce was seen as the US dollar and the Canadian dollar went in highly opposite directions during the previous trading session.

    The USD had already regained its lost strength and has exhibited positive activity across the board after Yellen announced that the Fed could possibly go for more rate hikes in the future if the economic data from the US continues to be positive. On the other hand, the Bank of Canada announced that it will be making no changes on its current interest rates. However, the succeeding press conference from BoC’s Poloz has made it clear to investors that the Canadian economy has not shown any progress and has instead stayed in the same place. Moreover, Poloze expressed his sentiments regarding a possible trade war under the Trump administration, and this has adversely affected the CAD and has caused the USD/CAD pair to revert back from the 1.3000 trading range and was able to shot up through 1.3100 and even through 1.3200 where it currently sits above as of present time.

    Market players are expecting that the USD/CAD pair might be in for a strong uptrend and could possibly reach 1.4000 points. For today’s trading session, Canada will be releasing its Manufacturing Sales data, while US will be releasing its oil inventory data as well as the Unemployment claims data. These are expected to induce volatility in the pair. However, it is highly likely that the USD/CAD pair will be in for an uptrend in the long run.

  • USD/ CAD Technical Analysis: January 23, 2017

    The USD/CAD pair traded with a bullish tone on Friday. The uptrend reached the 1.3330 level in the beginning of the trading session. Later that day, the buyers were able to surpass the level as it persists to move higher in the mid-European trading session. Yet, it was not able to reach the 1.3400 level as the price withdraw back to 1.3330 losing its momentum during the New York trading session.

    The Resistance level is seen at 1.3400 while the support level comes in at 1.3330 level. The Moving Averages broke in the upper channel and the price managed to linger higher for the day as the 20-EMA moves upward. On the other hand, the 100-EMA is moving lower while the 200-EMA moves in a neutral chart. Overall, the MACD histogram implies the buyers leading the market. Moving with it, the RSI was set within the overvalued readings where a new high is still possible.

    Both the Retail sales and Consumer Price Index Reports did not meet the expectations of investors. Nevertheless, this has minimal effect to the currency but it is still under pressure despite the strong greenback.

    The pair maintained its upward direction from 1.3018 level following the consolidation state of the uptrend at 1.3387 level. A close higher than the 1.3330 level may set it in motion to move towards 1.3400 level and if the pair strongly sets at 1.3400, this indicates the continues uptrend. However, if the market fails to break higher than the 1.3400 level, this would mean a negative outlook to the market.

    Overall, the price trend remains bullish ranging from 1.3240 level to 1.3387 level until the next days to come but if the sellers dominate the market, this could move the price towards the 1.3190 mark instead. If the market is able to maintain the current support level at 1.3240 level, the market could anticipate a continuous uptrend with the next target at 1.3500 level.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: January 24, 2017

    The USD/CAD pair continues to trade within a tight range and consolidated for the most part of yesterday’s trading sessions. The CAD was recently subject to an increased pressure after the Bank of Canada expressed it plans to implement an interest rate cut in the next few months as a result of the Canadian economy becoming increasingly stagnant after not showing much development in the recent economic readings. This added pressure in the CAD has however helped in offsetting the dollar weakness during the past few days.

    The Canadian dollar is probably the only currency which the USD has gained in relation during the past few sessions and has continued to maintain its gains over this currency, while other major currencies have increased in value and has left the dollar behind. The US dollar has been in hot water recently, especially since the market is generally uncertain on Trump’s administration policies and how the newly-minted president plans to run the US economy. The market is constantly kept on its toes as Trump continues to act brash in spite of the initial euphoria during the US elections, where the market had hoped that Trump’s election might be generally be good news for businesses around the world. However, the current administration might have to undergo a lot of work before finally regaining the market’s confidence.

    There are no major news releases from both the Canadian and the US economy, and as such, the USD/CAD pair is expected to experience more consolidation and ranging during today’s session. Since the weakness of both currencies are apparently cancelling each other out, the currency pair is unable to make any significant progress and the bulls might have a hard time pushing the currency pair towards 1.3400 points and higher.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: February 3, 2017

    The market has been generally expecting the USD/CAD pair to undergo a period of ranging and consolidation as the US prepares to release its NFP report, and this was what happened with this particular currency pair during the past trading sessions. The USD/CAD is currently trading at over 1.3000 and is headed in a generally disappointing trading streak, but then again this region has strong support barriers, and this region might be a good place for traders to go long with a stop loss.

    Oil prices have already settled down last month and has exhibited little activity on both directions. As a result, the Canadian dollar was able to obtain some support and the economic data scheduled to be released from Canada are also expected to be generally positive, and there are no major changes expected to occur within the Canadian economy. The drop in the value of the USD/CAD was mainly due to the weakness of the dollar, and once Trump makes major changes in the NAFTA agreement, then the trade relationship between US and Canada could be up for some major adjustments. This has no positive effect on both economies whatsoever, and this uncertainty has been fueling the drop in the value of the currency pair.

    There are no major news expected to be released from the Canadian economy today but the market is expecting the release of the NFP report as well as the average earnings data and the non-manufacturing PMI data from the US. If these data comes out as positive, then this could further affirm an interest rate hike from the Fed in the near future, but a weak reading could cause the USD to further decrease in value.

  • USD/CAD Technical Analysis: February 6, 2017

    The pair USD/CAD surged on Friday’s trading session. It turned around finding a resistance towards the 1.30 level. The price could set into a new fresh low and this could further go down. However, if the price breaks higher than the candle pattern formed on Friday’s session, there could be chances for buying opportunities. Traders should monitor the oil market as it has an influence to the Canadian dollar that usually affects the price inversely for the pair.

  • USD/CAD Technical Analysis: February 8, 2017

    The decline in crude oil prices weighed on the Canadian dollar while the stronger US dollar added pressure to push the loonie downwards.

    The USDCAD resumed a short-term uptrend on Tuesday. Moreover, the USD came in green against its Canadian peer. The spot gradually increased overnight reaching 1.3120 level prior to opening of the European session. There is a renewed buying pressure within the greens which supported the pair towards its fresh highs. The price spiked and touched 1.3190 region in the post-EU open.

    The barrier restricted its developement as it holds the major enclosed the region. The price drove the 100 and 50-EMAs higher as shown in the 4-hour chart. The pair nearly reached the 200-EMA which became the resistance. Furthermore, the 50 and 100 EMAs shifted to an upward trend while 200-EMA headed lower. Resistance entered 1.3190 area, support holds 1.3120 handle.

    The MACD approached the positive territory, preserving this area would mean a stronger stance for the buyers. RSI hovered around the overvalued range indicating another upward trajectory.
    It is projected that a near-term bullish momentum will return. In order to resumed this bullishness, the pair should focus on top of 1.3190 mark.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: February 9, 2017

    The USD/CAD pair is still trapped within a tight trading range, however the currency pair’s bulls are fairly satisfied with the USD/CAD’s performance as the currency pair is still relatively strong in spite of the dollar weakness, and once the dollar regains its strength, then this will mean very good news for the pair’s bulls. The USD/CAD pair has recently undergone a very stressful period due to the dollar weakness combined with a surge in oil prices which has helped the Canadian dollar keep its head above water.

    As the week unfurled, the market has seen oil prices being subject to tremendous pressure and corrections, thereby putting added pressure on the value of the CAD. This is why the Canadian dollar started losing some of its value at the beginning of the week and has provided support for the USD/CAD bulls. Strengthening the currency pair and revert back from its support barrier of 1.3000, with the USD/CAD currently trading at just under 1.3200 points. The pair is expected to continue its upward trend and would only go in for a trend reversal once it manages to break through 1.3000 points. Until then, the USD/CAD would probably exhibit reversions from its lows and the bulls would still be dominating the currency pair, with a medium-term target of 1.4000 points.

    There are no major news scheduled to be released from the Canadian economy today but we do have the unemployment claims data from the US, as well as comments from some Fed officials. However, these are not expected to make a significant dent in the pair’s current stance and the pair is expected to consolidate at 1.3200 for the rest of today’s sessions.

  • USD/CAD Technical Analysis: February 13, 2017

    The USDCAD was neutral amid Friday night trades. The Asian recovery slowed down overhead the level 1.3120. The greens tried to resume its gains but attempts failed. Renewed selling pressure affected the spot rebounding the price lower than 1.3120 during afternoon session.

    The USD fall behind 1.3050 level prior to the opening of the New York hours.
    According to the 4-hour chart, the rebounded the 50-EMA lower and tested the 100-day moving averages. The pair is confined under the 200 and 100-EMA throughout the day. The 100 and 50-EMAs is neutralize while 200-EMA moved lower as shown in the same timeframe.
    Resistance is at 1.3120, support entered 1.3050 region. The MACD histogram decreased which implied weak position for the buyers. RSI is confined in the overvalued territory near the neutral zone.

    Bearish sentiment is expected to prevail. If the commodity-linked pair remained on top of the 1.3120 mark, sell order will be posted. The next possible target of the sellers is 1.3050.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: February 14, 2017

    A lot of analysts have been saying that it is highly likely that the USD/CAD pair will be subject to an increased amount of pressure as oil prices continue to stay afloat and the economic data coming from the Canadian region continues to be consistently positive, a signal that the country’s economy gets better everyday. The currency pair is expected to remain under pressure as long as the US dollar remains under control, and this also means that the pair’s bulls would need to consistently strive to maintain the support barrier at 1.3000 points. This activity has been seen during the past trading session as the pair was able to surpass the 1.3100 barrier and is now currently going towards 1.3050 points.

    The USD/CAD bears were also helped by the fact that Trump and Trudeau’s meeting yesterday was quite cordial, with Trump clarifying that the shifts he will be making on trade agreements will not have that much of an effect towards Canada. This helped to support the Canadian dollar which tried to surpass the dollar strength but eventually failed as the USD consistently surged in value.

    There are no major news releases coming from Canada to day but the US will be releasing its PPI data and Yellen will be making comments on the central bank’s future monetary policy as well as the current state of the US economy. If her comments come out as bullish, then the USD/CAD pair might move towards and could even surpass 1.3100 points.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: February 22, 2017

    The USD/CAD has still managed to keep itself afloat in spite of a small increase in oil prices during the previous trading session. The currency pair continued to trade within its ranges, but this could be a cause for celebration of the pair’s bulls as the USD/CAD traded within its range highs with no hints of weakness whatsoever. This movement was also partly due to the recent surge in the dollar’s value which ensured support for the pair’s bulls.

    As of this morning, the USD/CAD has somewhat weakened in stance and spent most of the session consolidating within its range highs with no actual direction. The USD/CAD bulls are now monitoring the release of the FOMC minutes, whose hawkish outlook might possibly lend some much-needed support for the pair and finally create some sense of direction. If the minutes are able to meet market expectations, then the USD/CAD pair could possibly move towards 1.3200 and could even go beyond this range.

    For today’s session, we have the FOMC meeting minutes set to be released as well as the release of the US housing data. Meanwhile, the Canadian economy will be releasing its core retail sales data which will have to be closely watched by the USD/CAD bears in order for them to regain dominance over the currency pair.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: February 28, 2017

    The USD/CAD had a strong bullish trade during the previous session after the bulls were able to regain its dominance over this particular currency pair. The bulls had previously attempted last week to gain control over the pair after the release of a dismal retail sales data from the Canadian economy but was eventually unable to do so after the release of a very strong CPI data. The bulls had also attempted to break through yesterday but has failed from last week’s range highs.

    The currency pair’s strong resistance and support barriers of 1.3060 and 1.3000 respectively has led the market to believe that the USD/CAD pair is in for some major uptrend and is evident of the importance of the support barrier with regards to the struggle between the pair’s bulls and bears. Since the bears have constantly failed to break through this pair, the pair’s bears are currently in full dominance of the USD/CAD. The USD/CAD was previously consolidating within the 1.3100 barrier but a surge in the value of the USD helped in boosting the currency pair following’s Trump’s statement that he will be adding up the country’s infrastructure spending. The pair eventually increased in value after oil prices somewhat dropped in value.

    This drop in oil prices could cause trouble for the USD/CAD pair in the short and medium term since Canada is very reliant on oil prices. The pair’s bears could become seriously affected once the dollar strength and weak oil prices come together since this could trigger the pair to move significantly upwards.

    There are no major news coming from the Canadian economy today but the pair could get some volatility from the US consumer confidence data and Preliminary GDP which will be released today. The USD/CAD could possibly consolidate within 1.3100-1.3200 points with a bullish undertone.

  • USD/CAD Technical Analysis: March 6, 2017

    The US dollar made some minor adjustments on Fridays as it moves close to its seven-week high versus other majors. The growing expectations of US rate increase within this month provided support for the greenbacks. The focus was turned to the testimony of Fed Chair Janet Yellen. Moreover, the greens were able to maintain its winning position on Friday.
    The major came in green posting renewed highs during the onset of EU session.

    Buyers demonstrated an active movement this morning subsequent to the flat Asian trading as they drove the price upwards and gapped the level 1.3400. The USDCAD preserved a bid tone, touching its renewed highs eventually.

    The 4-hour chart presented the price extend its development on top of the moving averages while the MAs sustained a bullish pattern. The 100 and 50-EMA executed an upward crossover towards the 200-EMA. Resistance is at 1.3470, support entered 1.3400.

    The MACD increased which confirmed a buy signal. RSI have seen consolidated around the positive readings.

    In case that buyers dominate the market, the next target is 1.3470. In turn, the USD would likely pull back near 1.3330 mark.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: March 8, 2017

    The USD/CAD pair continues trading within a limited trading range near its range highs, which is the pair’s current trend ever since the start of the week. The stability of oil prices has helped the Canadian dollar maintain its current stance, but since the USD has been consistently regaining its strength, the bears are having difficulty in exceeding the bulls’ progress and this is why the currency pair is firmly in control, with the bulls dominating the USD/CAD pair.

    The Canadian trade balance data was released yesterday which came in at a value of 0.8 billion CAD which is very good news for the economy. The trade balance data from the US was als released yesterday and this reading somewhat fell short of initial market expectations/ However, neither of these data had a significant impact on the value of the USD/CAD even though the US dollar is now bracing itself for the onslaught of economic data releases later this week. Both the US and Canada will be releasing its employment data this coming Friday and market players are now preparing for the expected increase in volatility once the data gets released into the market.

    For today’s trading session, there no major news releases from the Canadian economy although the US will be releasing its ADP employment data and unless this shows a drastic shift in its economic readings, the USD/CAD pair would most likely continue its ranging and consolidation.

  • USD/CAD Technical Analysis: March 9, 2017

    The Canadian dollar was able to preserve its stance compared with the US dollar yesterday. The loonie received some support from the positive figures of Trade Balance a few days ago. Investors wait with expectation for the statistics of US labor market which could establish a route for the USD/CAD.

    The pair was trading flat and toggled in the middle of the Wednesday night session. The price is positioned in tight channels of 1.3400 – 1.3430 all throughout the night.
    Moreover, the USD resumed its short-term bullish trajectory during the earlier trades. The major further pulled out from the 1.3400 region and rallied higher heading to 1.3470.

    As rolled out from the 4-hour chart, the price was developing beyond the moving averages. It further mentioned the 100 and 50-EMAs preserved its bullish pattern while 200-EMA move over the neutral grounds. Resistance touched 1.3470 mark, support hit 1.3400.

    The MACD histogram is positioned within the same level confirming buyer’s strength. RSI oscillator hovered near the overbought readings and expected to support a fresh upward movement

    The bullish market structure is expected to remain in its place in the short-term. Bulls’ next target is at 1.3470.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: March 14, 2017

    The USD/CAD pair spent most of yesterday’s trading session on a mostly ranging and consolidating manner, with the currency pair consolidating within the 1.3400-1.3500 region due to the lack of significant economic events from both the US and the Canadian economy. The market is now on a monitoring stance particularly on the USD and this has been reflected in the lack of any kind of activity in the USD/CAD pair.

    The market is currently waiting for the onslaught of the release of several economic data from the US tomorrow, with the most important release being the FOMC announcement where the central bank is expected to implement its first interest rate hike for the year. Aside from the FOMC announcement, the CPI data as well as the retail sales data will also be released tomorrow. The high expectations for an interest rate hike tomorrow has helped keep the USD/CAD pair to remain within its range highs. However, the market is not yet sure as to how much hawkishness will be needed for the USD bulls, and this has become somewhat problematic for the USD/CAD pair as the pair has difficulty calculating its move immediately after the FOMC data release.

    If the statement from the central bank comes out as satisfyingly hawkish, then the USD could boost its strength and could help the USD/CAD bulls to challenge the sells located at the pair’s 1.3500 barrier. If the data comes out otherwise, then the USD/CAD pair could possibly retreat to its previous trading range. For today’s session, the US economy is expected to release its PPI data which is not expected to induce added volatility into the pair.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: March 22, 2017

    The price action of the USD/CAD pair during the previous session was mostly dictated by the Canadian retail sales data, which came out better than expected. However, one downside to this is that the positivity of the data was somewhat offset by the data last month, which was revised on a much lower level. This correction has then helped remove some of the pressure off of the currency pair and enabled it to move towards 1.3350 before finally settling at just under this particular range. The pair eventually dropped towards 1.3260 where it is currently situated.

    The pair was met with a lot of buying and this has helped the pair to slowly recover towards 1.3300 points, and the correction in the country’s retail sales data enabled the pair to go even higher. The Canadian dollar has also weakened as a reaction to the repeated failed attempts of oil prices to recover from its recent slump, causing the USD/CAD pair to recover towards 1.3350 points and even surpassed this particular barrier.

    For today’s session, there are no major news releases from the US economy aside from the oil inventory data, which is expected to affect the status of the CAD based on the currency’s previous price action. Expect the Canadian dollar to drop in value as a reaction to this particular data and consolidate within 1.3300-1.3400 points for the duration of today’s trading session.

  • USD/CAD Technical Analysis: March 27, 2017

    The Canadian currency was unable to sustain its upside momentum as it currently endures the continuous weakening following the weak prices of crude oil.
    The greenbacks rebounded 1.3330 and reversed towards 1.3375 in which the buying impetus seems short-lived. The price headed back in the mid-session of Asia and begin to retreat afterward.

    The pair continued to decline amid early European trades and attempted to cut through the 50-EMA, nevertheless, failed to do so which caused it to reenter under the moving averages. Furthermore, the 50-EMA remain to move lower, 100-EMA appeared neutral and the 200-EMA headed upwards.

    Resistance covered 1.3400, support is at 1.3330.

    The MACD histogram was spotted at the centerline. On one side, an entry in the positive territory will favor buyers’ strength and on the negative grounds will allow sellers seize the control within the market. RSI was confined in the neutral area.

    A break under 1.3330 mark would indicate further weakening towards support level 1.3260.

  • USD/CAD Technical Analysis: March 30, 2017

    The commodity-linked pair is confined to a familiar range yesterday. The price was positioned in the middle points of 1.3400 and 1.3350 within the day.
    The overnight recovery slowed down in the earlier trades as the spot attained the channel’s upper limit.

    The morning session triggered renewed bearish tone. The greenbacks dropped sharply near the lower limit eliminating its gains throughout the night. Sellers unsuccessfully move downwards and hovered in the range.

    In the 4-hour chart, the spot was sandwiched in the 100 and 50-EMA during the first part of the day. Meanwhile, the 50-EMA drove higher, 100-EMA shifted down and the 200-EMA preserved a bullish pattern.

    Resistance is at 1.3400, support holds 1.3330 mark.

    The MAcd indicator stayed on its previous level, favoring strength for the buyers. The RSI oscillator descended.

    As mentioned in the same timeframe, technicals confirm a downwards continuation to 1.3330.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: April 4, 2017

    The USD/CAD pair had a fairly good trading session yesterday as it tested its range highs and is now trading at just under its range highs. The USD/CAD is expected to remain within the 1.3300-1.3400 region as of the moment and this was very evident during yesterday’s session. The market is now waiting for the string of economic data set to be released within this week. The market is now in a ranging and consolidation mood as traders prepare themselves for the possible repercussions of this said release of various economic data.

    Oil prices dropped a bit below $51 yesterday, which is one of the main reasons behind the sudden weakness in the Canadian dollar. The Canadian economy is highly dependent on oil prices and as such, an increase in oil prices would mean an increase in the CAD and vice versa. And since oil prices dropped yesterday, this resulted to a weak CAD as well and caused the USD/CAD pair to go above 1.3350 points before moving towards its range highs of 1.3400 points. The currency pair was then met with a lot of selloffs, and although yesterday was a generally very dismal trading session, volatility levels are expected to increase today as several economic data are scheduled to be released within the week.

    The Canadian Trade Balance Data will be released today, and the market will be monitoring this reading since this is a very essential economic basis for the Canadian economy especially due to its trade relationship with US. This is expected to increase volatility in the pair and could cause the USD/CAD to break through 1.3400 and could even reach 1.3500 points.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: April 5, 2017

    The USD/CAD pair briefly made it towards 1.3400 points and even managed to surpass this region following a series of very dismal economic readings from the Canadian economy. However, the advancement of the Canadian dollar was almost immediately met with tremendous pressure from sellers, causing the CAD to retreat towards 1.3400 points. Analysts are now saying that unless the USD/CAD pair manages to surpass the large-scale selling at 1.3500 points, then the currency pair would be unable to make any significant progress as of now. But the pair’s bulls have yet to reveal how they plan to handle this dilemma in the pair as the USD is expected to be more level in the next few days on the back of an increase in oil prices.

    The 1.3500 region has proven to be very crucial for the USD/CAD pair since the currency pair has been unable to overcome this pair for several times in a row. The currency pair would have to have large-scale buys in order to push past through this region and reach 1.4000 points. As of the moment, the Canadian economy has been throwing up some fairly decent economic data, although the Canadian trade balance data had somewhat paled and could be a precursor to a dismal future for the country’s economy. The trade balance data was at a negative while the market was expecting a positive reading, and this basically means that the country’s imports and exports are most likely to suffer in the long run.

    However, the increase in oil prices could possibly provide a short-term breather for the Canadian economy, and since the USD is expected to experience short-term consolidations, the USD/CAD pair would most likely follow this particular trend and consolidate within 1.3300-1.3500 points. However, the pair is still not strong enough to surpass 1.3500 in the near future.

    For today’s session, there are no releases from the Canadian economy but the US will be releasing several economic readings, such as the ADP employment change data and the FOMC meeting minutes. The NY session could possibly be met by a significant amount of volatility and if the pair’s price touches the 1.3500 range, then this could be a great opportunity for a stop loss.

  • USD/CAD Technical Analysis: April 24, 2017

    The U.S. dollar paired against the Canadian dollar surged during the Friday session as it broke above the 1.35 handle as it has been before. This could climb higher but at the same time, this will bring high volatility in the market. The oil market could support this trend especially when it drops which is not far from happening.

    Overall, the trend gives a bullish tone and reversals could create opportunities to go long for this pair. If the pair breaks higher than the 1.36 level, the trading condition could switch to a “buy and hold” scenario in the market.

  • USD/CAD Technical Analysis: May 3, 2017

    The U.S. dollar against the Canadian dollar broke at 1.37 level during the Tuesday session. The oil market is not performing well which pulls the Canadian dollar along. The psychological level between 1.3.63 and 1.37 is strongly resistive as seen in the weekly chart which may not be favorable in selling the pair.

    Besides oil concerns, the Canadian housing market is along being problematic particularly in Toronto and Vancouver area. There is a bubble market over the summer housing market with some of the shadow lenders starting to be affected as it drops to lows. This put the currency under pressure added to the oil market which complicates the situation further.
    Pullbacks in the trend could open buying opportunities for the pair with the target of 1.40 level and may reach even up to 1.45 which is already expected for this summer.

    However, if the pair breaks lower than the 1.36 handle, it is a sign to sell the pair but could be far from happening. Traders should catch on pullbacks which is would be a wise decision for this pair considering the oil market to trigger the pair to break lower.

  • USD/CAD Technical Analysis: May 10, 2017

    The U.S. dollar paired against the Canadian dollar started flat during the Tuesday session as the oil market being calm but not too long. It was reversed and directed downwards. Another factor is the Canadian building permits that brought movement following its negative reports.

    On the other hand, the U.S. dollar surged against the Canadian dollar as it breaks over the 1.37 level. The Resistance level was retested at 1.37 region and the 1.3750 level is being strongly resistive that prevents the pair to climb higher. The market has been very bullish for a long term and it won’t take long before the market reaches the 1.38 handle. A few days ago, there has been a selloff of this pair and if this occurs again, the pair could further go up.

    The pair will continue its downtrend from 1.3793 and the uptrend from 1.3641 is a form of consolidation in the downtrend. This could be followed by consolidation towards the next target of 1.3550 level. A break over the 1.3793 region could trigger the price to go up towards 1.3900.

    Reversals could attract buyers in the lower channel especially towards the 1.37 handle which has been a resistance before. It is possible for this level to turn into support region for the pair. The long-term trend becomes bullish although the oil market has uncertainty.

    The crude oil inventories are about to be released to say which would most likely affect the trend. Reversals could serve as buying opportunities for this pair although the greenback is more favored over the Canadian dollar. Concerns in Canadian housing would add more hesitancy to the interest of the market to Loonie.

  • USD/CAD Technical Analysis: May 15, 2017

    The USD/CAD moves like from pillar to post last Friday and continuously grinding above 1.37 handle. Meanwhile, the oil markets appeared to be disorganized as of the moment. We are directly standing above the channel while a pullback is inessential, however, when this price movement occurred then a move to the lower area would likely follow. Possibly down to the region 1.35 and moving through the mark 1.3250. Contrarily, a break over the channel, particularly in the 1.38 handle, will cause the market to trail atop of the level 1.40. Mainly, the oil markets should be given much consideration as it extensively weighs to the Canadian dollar.

    Moreover, the commodity-linked pair is expected to be choppy but it looks like that the oil is in action at this time. The housing market in Canada shows some uncertainties while concerns may arise since the history of the US housing bubble were still remembered clearly by many traders.

    The markets should consider sustaining a volatile session, however, the general uptrend will continue to drive through the upside in the longer-term. It further allows the longer-term and steady traders to acquire gains on top of the 1.40 range.

    It is recommended to seek for pullbacks which provide value upon getting the chance as the greenbacks continued to be favored by the North American currency.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: May 19, 2017

    The USD/CAD pair continues to exhibit a very steady trading manner during the previous session and seems to be largely unaffected by the currently very high volatility levels in the market. In spite of the recent turmoil affecting the US government and a spike in oil prices, the loonie seems to be unaffected by this and remains trading on both sides of 1.3600 points in a very choppy price action with no indications of a possible change in direction.

    The recent surge in oil prices has kept the USD/CAD pair buoyant, and this is why the currency pair has stayed within the reach of 1.3550 points. The pair’s consolidation is expected to continue until the next few days since oil prices have already increased in the short-term. Meanwhile, the greenback could possibly backfoot across the board since the possibility of a June Fed rate hike has dimmed somewhat. If this indeed happens, then the 1.3550 range will become a very critical region to surpass and until the USD/CAD pair goes past this range, then it can be safe to say that the pair’s uptick is most likely to remain in the short-term. Otherwise, the currency pair could possibly revert to its previous range and could resort to a bearish consolidating price action.

    For today’s session, the Canadian economy will be releasing its CPI data and retail sales data, both of which are expected to induce volatility in the pair’s price action.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: May 23, 2017

    The USD/CAD pair has been exhibiting a very disappointing price action ever since it was able to test its range highs at 1.3800 points during the start of this month. The currency pair has been suffering from the repercussions brought about by the greenback’s weakness and the strength of the loonie which was mostly due to an oil price surge. This oil price increase was able to cover up the actual occurrences within the Canadian economy and has provided enough leverage for the loonie to advance, and this is why the USD/CAD pair has been consistently dropping value during the last two weeks.

    As of the moment, the currency pair is now within a very critical region of 1.3500 points, where it continues to look very weak. The weakness of the greenback has been the dominant market trend as of the moment, with the dollar getting adversely affected by Trump’s political woes, which in turn has affected the US economy as well as its monetary policy. The market had initially priced in a rate hike this coming June, but with the recent slew of dismal events, it looks like the market’s players might have to put off this interest rate hike at least for now. In addition, the rising oil prices has helped the loonie to retain its positive image amidst Canadian banking concerns, wherein the majority of Canadian banks have been given the thumbs-down by ratings agencies. The loonie strength has also helped to offset the concerns surrounding the HCG and the housing sector.

    For today’s session, there are no major news releases coming from both the US and the Canadian economy, although some Fed officials will be making statements today with regards to the US monetary policy. All these are expected to add downward pressure on the USD/CAD pair and cause the pair to test its support levels.

  • USD/CAD Technical Analysis: May 23, 2017

    The USDCAD experience volatility during Monday’s session and had an attempt to rally, however, it made a reversal plunging under the region 1.35. The pair is relative to the crude oil markets and received a significant support upon the opening, while the OPEC seems to move nearer the deal regarding production cuts.

    Having said that, the greens decline versus its Canadian counterpart which is the proxy of currency traders against the oil markets.

    The ability to break down around it will allow the market to reach the 1.34 handle. However, a cut through the top of 1.3550 area will touch above the range of 1.36. This range is significant for the longer-term charts, and a broke within that area enable the market to drive upwards.

    The volatile market is expected to continue considering the current condition of the oil coupled with Canada’s housing that brought an impact as well.

    Sellers have executed a significant action as well which could give a chance to break 1.3550. But there is no such opportunity to initiate a long move, except that the higher timeframes (daily or weekly charts) could obtain a longer-term signal

    According to forecasts, rallies will resume and will be providing opportunities to sell towards a market that experienced a lower grind in the previous sessions. Lastly, a gapped in the upside has to be accompanied by the oil markets that were rolled over.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: May 26, 2017

    The USD/CAD pair has been projected to be highly dependent on the state of oil prices as well as the OPEC meeting held yesterday, and in fact, the loonie skyrocketed in value as the OPEC meeting concluded yesterday’s meeting on a somewhat dismal note as far as the markets were concerned.

    The market had initially hoped that the OPEC members would approve an extension of the production cuts since the majority of them are expecting deeper production cuts in the future. However, what the OPEC members did was to extend the production cut deal for another 9 months, with both Iran and Libya given an approval to maintain its current status quo. This turned out to be a huge disappointment for the market in general, and this caused oil prices to drop after a large selloff occurred. This was then especially unfavorable for the Canadian dollar, particularly for the Canadian economy as its fate relies on oil prices. As of the moment, the USD/CAD pair has reverted by 80 pips as the loonie starts to drop in value. The currency pair was also propped up even more by the dollar strength and now the pair is back at its support-turned-resistance level of 1.3500 points. The market will now be monitoring how this pair closes down this week’s session since if it manages to close down at over 1.3500 points, then this is an indicator that the bulls have regained control of the pair and the USD/CAD could possibly be poised for more increases. On the other hand, if the pair closes down at under 1.3500 points, then this means that the bears are now dominating the pair and the market might have to brace themselves for more selling at least in the short-term.

    The US economy will be releasing its durable goods data and its Preliminary GDP data within the day, although traders are advised to sit back and wait for the session to close down before making any significant moves.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: May 30, 2017

    The USD/CAD pair remained in consolidation mode as the market lacked significant volatility due to market holidays in China, US, and the UK. The loonie remains trading under the very important trading range of 1.3500 points, mostly due to a steadying in oil prices in addition to a strong greenback value.

    The currency pair broke through 1.3500 points last week after a surge in oil prices. Although the oil bulls were very disappointed with regards to the results of the recently-concluded OPEC meeting, the loonie received some well-needed pressure from this drop in oil prices, thereby triggering the USD/CAD pair to revert to 1.3500 points and closed down last week at just under this critical trading level. The CAD is also currently being propped up by a series of very positive data from the Canadian economy, with this economic improvement getting some acknowledgement from the Bank of Canada in its rate statement during the past week. In fact, the BoC has already decided to put its rates on hold instead of implementing a rate cut due to this consistent improvement in the country’s economic state, which could then lead to a possible rate hike if the country’s economy continues to be positive.

    For today’s session, the US economy will be releasing its PCE data which is expected to clarify the country’s inflation status in addition to shedding some light on whether the Fed will be indeed implementing a rate hike next month. If the PCE comes out as negative, then the USD/CAD pair could possibly correct further towards 1.3400 points.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: June 1, 2017

    The USD/CAD pair was able to advance further towards its range highs during the previous session in spite of the greenback suffering blows against other major currency pairs due to a series of disappointing economic data from the US economy. The loonie is now trading at just above 1.3500 points which is considered to be a very essential trading region for the currency pair. However, the market has yet to see whether the USD/CAD pair will indeed manage to go even higher and reclaim its bullish price action or if it will correct and return to its previous trading range.

    This surge in the value of the USD/CAD pair has been mostly attributed to a string of weak economic data from Canada. As the Canadian GDP was released during yesterday’s session, the annual and quarterly readings for 2016 disappointed the market in spite of a very positive monthly reading. This was far worse than what the market had initially anticipated and has caused the loonie to correct and the USD/CAD pair to increase further in value. Oil prices also dropped while the Canadian inventory data showed a solid draw in addition to an added increase of Libyan production data. This caused both the Canadian dollar and oil prices to drop and was more than enough for the currency pair’s bulls to help prop up the value of the USD/CAD pair past 1.3500 points where it is currently sitting as of the moment.

    For today’s session, the market is expecting the release of unemployment claims data and the ADP employment report from the US economy, both of which are of utmost importance since this serves as a precursor to the incoming NFP report due tomorrow. The oil inventory data is set to be released today, and this, together with the NFP report will most likely determine the short-term price action of the USD/CAD pair.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: June 6, 2017

    The USD/CAD pair continues to exhibited a very tight price action as the pair’s bulls and bears continue to fight out for the control of the currency pair and is expected to remain as the pair’s dominant trend in the short-term period. The pair has been trapped in a very limited range ever since the currency pair managed to push forward past 1.3500 points with buyers dominating the 1.3400 trading range.

    During the past few days, oil prices have remained stable, thereby decreasing the amount of leverage it gave to the Canadian dollar and was one of the reasons why the loonie was unable to take full advantage of the dollar weakness which was due to a series of dismal US employment reports last week. Oil prices has also continued to be very disappointing due to rising tensions in the oil-rich Middle Eastern countries and has subsequently diminished its support for the loonie. In spite of the pair making a headway towards 1.3460 for a short while, it was almost immediately met with several buys, causing the USD/CAD pair to retreat towards 1.3500 points, where it is expected to stay put at least in the coming days. The market is now preparing itself for the trading sessions on Thursday and Friday as the currency pair would most likely undergo a volatile trading session due to Comey’s testimony as well as the release of the Canadian employment report on Friday. This is why traders are advised to remain in the sidelines until such time that a break shows up on the pair’s range before inducing any kind of progress in their trades.

    For today’s session, there are now major releases from both the US and the Canadian economy and the USD/CAD pair is expected to continue consolidating throughout the duration of today’s session.

  • USD/CAD Technical Analysis: June 15, 2017

    The U.S. dollar against the Canadian dollar declined during the Wednesday session. It broke lower than the 1.32 level. However, there are still concerns in betting this pair considering the possibility of a rally because of the speculations to the Bank of Canada to tighten its rates or lessen its quantitative easing.

    Generally, the market is focused on various factors. One is the oil market which has an impact on the Canadian dollar. There is a chance that the central bank would have a drastic change to the price trend to support the Loonie. Currently, there is uncertainty in the oil market that the investors should closely monitor besides other economic problems.

    Furthermore, what the Federal Reserve is doing would have an effect to the trading market and just recently, there was a sell-off in the pair for the past few days which could unexpectedly turn into bullishness instead of bearishness. Three handles have already been lost indicating strong moves over the last three days. This makes other currencies to be traded easier. However, if the Federal Reserve made a surprising move to raise its interest rates for the second half of the year, the market will turn into chaos and surge to the upper channel along with the Japanese yen major pair against the greenback.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: June 20, 2017

    The USD/CAD pair continues to consolidate within its range lows as the loonie makes another attempt to recover its losses and possibly trigger a bounce in its value. Now that the Bank of Canada is more than eager to help the Canadian economy make a 360-degree turn, the pair’s bulls will be in for a hard time as it tries to induce any kind of price bounce. Should the pair manage to create a bounce, then this should be viewed as a selling opportunity and should not be taken as a trend adjustment.

    On the other hand, oil prices are still trading within its bottom rungs and remains weak as of the moment, however the CAD seems to be unaffected by this and has still managed to look very positive and has remained trading in a very positive manner. The CAD will only be able to gain some measure of short-term strength if the oil prices will be able to recover in the short run, and if this happens, then the USD/CAD pair might be able to make a substantial attempt to go beyond the critical range of 1.3000 points. The currency pair has weakened significantly ever since it surpassed 1.3500, with this region signalling a trend shift. The fact that the currency pair is still doing very well in spite of a drop in oil prices and dollar strength just goes to show how much of a change has happened within the price action of the USD/CAD pair. Meanwhile, the economic releases from the Canadian economy has showed consistently positive readings, with the BoC announcing its plans to help keep the country’s economy on the upside.

    For today’s trading session, there are no major releases from the Canadian economy, and the USD/CAD pair is expected to range and consolidate on both directions of 1.3200 points.

  • USD/CAD Fundamental Analysis: June 23, 2017

    The USD/CAD pair has returned to its downtrodden price action as the Canadian economy released some very dismal data on the back of a steadily dropping oil prices. The currency pair was unable to surpass the very critical trading range of 1.3300-1.3330 points, thus stopping it from making any advancements towards 1.3500 and instead caused the currency pair to return to its downtrending price direction.

    With the present state of the currency pair, it is now evident that the USD/CAD pair will be unable to make any decisive rebounds at least for the time being. The Canadian economy continues to throw some consistently good economic data, signaling that the country’s economic outlook remains on the positive. All this, including a highly positive retail sales data from the region could increase the chances of the Bank of Canada implementing an interest rate hike before the end of 2017. The central bank had previously hinted of this possibility a few weeks ago, and this further added to the downward pressure on the loonie. Oil prices have also managed to hold their ground in spite of its continuously weak outlook, with this oil prices the only thing stopping the USD/CAD pair to go full on with regards to completing its downturn. As of now, the USD/CAD pair is still continuing with its downtrend and if this further progresses, then the loonie will possibly reach 1.3100-1.3000 in the short term period.

    For today’s trading session, the Canadian economy will be releasing its CPI data, and if this turns out to be positive as well, then this could enable the USD/CAD to drop further towards 1.3100 points.

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