USD/CAD advances to weekly highs near 1.3330 on upbeat US data

  • Retail sales in US rose more than expected in July.
  • WTI recovers to $55 to help CAD limit its losses.
  • US Dollar Index turns positive on the day near 98 on upbeat data.

The USD/CAD pair gained traction in the last hour and rose to its highest level in a week at 1.3331 as the Greenback gathered strength on the back of upbeat macroeconomic data releases. As of writing, the pair was up 0.08% on the day at 1.3328.

Strong US data help ease recession fears

The monthly data published by the US Census Bureau today showed that retail sales increased by 0.7% on a monthly basis in July to beat the market expectation of 0.3% Core retail sales, which excludes car sales, rose by 1% in the same period. Moreover, the NY Fed's Empire State Manufacturing Index improved to 4.8 in August from 4.3 in July and the Philly Fed's Manufacturing Index came in at 16.8 to surpass analysts' estimate of 10.

With the initial reaction to the data, the US Dollar Index climbed to a fresh session high at 98 and was last up 0.04% on the day at 97.98.

On the other hand, the ADP Research Institue today reported that private sector employment in Canada rose by 73,700 in July following June's reading of 30,400 and helped the Loonie limit its losses. Additionally, crude oil prices staged a persistent recovery in the last few hours with the barrel of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) turning flat on the day near $55 and helped the commodity-sensitive CAD remain resilient.

Later in the session, industrial production data from the US will be looked upon for fresh impetus.

Technical levels to watch for


Today last price 1.3325
Today Daily Change 0.0005
Today Daily Change % 0.04
Today daily open 1.332
Daily SMA20 1.3188
Daily SMA50 1.3184
Daily SMA100 1.3301
Daily SMA200 1.3312
Previous Daily High 1.3326
Previous Daily Low 1.321
Previous Weekly High 1.3345
Previous Weekly Low 1.3178
Previous Monthly High 1.3215
Previous Monthly Low 1.3016
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.3282
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.3255
Daily Pivot Point S1 1.3244
Daily Pivot Point S2 1.317
Daily Pivot Point S3 1.3128
Daily Pivot Point R1 1.336
Daily Pivot Point R2 1.3401
Daily Pivot Point R3 1.3476



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