USD/CAD climbs back closer to mid-1.3400s, weekly high ahead of US inflation data


  • USD/CAD attracts fresh buying on Thursday, though the upside potential seems limited.
  • A modest downtick in oil prices undermines the Loonie and lends support to the major.
  • Smaller Fed rate hike bets weigh on the USD and could cap gains ahead of the US CPI.

The USD/CAD pair regains positive traction on Thursday and steadily climbs to the top end of its weekly range, closer to mid-1.3400s during the early European session. The intraday move up, however, lacks bullish conviction and is more likely to remain capped ahead of the release of the latest US consumer inflation figures.

In the meantime, a modest pullback in crude oil prices from over a one-week high touched on Wednesday undermines the commodity-linked Loonie and lends some support to the USD/CAD pair. Despite the recent optimism led by China's pivot away from its zero-COVID policy, worries that a deeper global economic downturn will hurt demand act as a headwind for the black liquid. That said, subdued US Dollar price action might hold back traders from placing aggressive bullish bets around the major and keep a lid on any further gains.

In fact, the USD Index, which measures the greenback's performance against a basket of currencies, languishes near a seven-month low amid the prospects for smaller rate hikes by the Fed. Investors now seem convinced that the US central bank will soften its hawkish stance amid signs of easing inflation. This is evident from a further decline in the US Treasury bond yields and continues to weigh on the greenback. Traders, however, might prefer to wait for the crucial US CPI report before determining the near-term trajectory.

The Fed policymakers have indicated that they remain committed to combat high inflation and that rates could remain elevated for longer, or until there is clear evidence that consumer prices are falling. Hence, a stronger US CPI print will lift bets for a more hawkish Fed and push the USD higher, allowing the USD/CAD pair to build on this week's recovery from its lowest level since November 25. Conversely, a softer reading will set the stage for an extension of the recent rejection slide from the 1.3700 round-figure mark.

Technical levels to watch

USD/CAD

Overview
Today last price 1.3444
Today Daily Change 0.0017
Today Daily Change % 0.13
Today daily open 1.3427
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 1.3563
Daily SMA50 1.3507
Daily SMA100 1.3488
Daily SMA200 1.3161
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 1.3445
Previous Daily Low 1.3404
Previous Weekly High 1.3685
Previous Weekly Low 1.3433
Previous Monthly High 1.3705
Previous Monthly Low 1.3385
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.343
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.342
Daily Pivot Point S1 1.3406
Daily Pivot Point S2 1.3385
Daily Pivot Point S3 1.3366
Daily Pivot Point R1 1.3447
Daily Pivot Point R2 1.3466
Daily Pivot Point R3 1.3487

 

 

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