USDCAD Technical Analysis – The price is at a key support


  • The Fed hiked by 25 bps as
    expected and kept everything unchanged.
  • Fed Chair Powell reaffirmed their data dependency
    and kept all the options on the table.
  • Inflation expectations and CPI readings continue to
    show disinflation with the last two Core CPI M/M figures
    coming in at 0.16%.
  • The US PMIs missed
    expectations across the board last week, while the US Jobless Claims remained
  • Fed Chair Powell’s speech at the Jackson Hole Symposium was
    mostly in line with what he said previously but he stressed on the need to be
    careful going forward and that continued strength in the labour market may
    require further rate hikes.
  • The first half of the week saw US Job Openings and Consumer Confidence reports
    missing expectations by a big margin, followed by a miss in the US ADP data and
    a beat in the US Jobless Claims.
  • The market doesn’t expect another hike from the Fed
    anymore, but a lot will depend on the data going forward.


  • The BoC hiked rates by 25 bps as expected at the last meeting as
    the central bank doesn’t like the persistently high underlying inflation with a
    tight labour market.
  • In the recently released Meeting Minutes the BoC seems less in a rush to
    hike rates again.
  • The Canadian underlying inflation
    data beat expectations on all measures for the June readings and last week we
    got another beat for the July data.
  • On the labour market side, the last
    report showed that the unemployment rate increased once again, but the average hourly earnings surprised to the upside as well.
  • The Canadian Core Retail Sales missed expectations.
  • Overall, it’s a mixed picture for
    the BoC.

USDCAD Technical Analysis –
Daily Timeframe

On the daily chart, we can see that USDCAD has been
rallying non-stop for many weeks and almost reached the key 1.3664 resistance. The
pair has finally pulled back recently, and the price is now testing the red 21 moving average. This is
where we can expect the buyers to step in again with a defined risk below the
moving average to target another higher high. A break below the moving average
should extend the correction towards the 1.34 handle where we will also find
the broken trendline as an
extra support.

USDCAD Technical Analysis –
4 hour Timeframe

On the 4 hour chart, we can see that we’ve been diverging with the
MACD for a
long time and this is generally a sign of weakening momentum often followed by
pullbacks or reversals. In this case, the break below the trendline opened the
door for a reversal but the pair will need to break through the support around
the 1.35 handle first. In fact, this is where we can expect the buyers to step
in with a defined risk below the support to position for another rally.

USDCAD Technical Analysis –
1 hour Timeframe

On the 1 hour chart, we can see that we
have another divergence right at the support. This should be another
confirmation that a bounce is indeed in the cards and the next target should be
the 1.3553 resistance. That’s where the sellers should pile in with a defined
risk above the resistance and target a break below the 1.35 support. If the
price breaks above the resistance, the buyers will regain control and the pair
will likely surge to new highs.

Upcoming Events

Today the market will
be focused on the main release of the week: the US NFP report. We will also
have the US ISM Manufacturing PMI an hour and a half later, but the labour
market data is the priority right now. A bad reading is likely to weaken the US
Dollar in the short term, but if the data is really bad, the market may start
to fear the recession and the greenback should come back soon after. A good
reading is likely to be linked with the soft-landing scenario and might be
bearish for the USD as well. Overall, it’s a mixed picture at the moment as the
Fed is expected to pause at the September meeting and we might get much worse
economic data before the next meeting in November.

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