• USD/CAD climbs above the 20/50-DMA, up by 0.64% in the day.
  • US Retail Sales beat estimations but were ignored by market players focused on FOMC minutes.
  • According to TDS analysts, a cooler-than-expected Canadian inflation report would not deter the Bank of Canada (BoC) of hiking 75 bps.

USD/CAD breaks above the 20 and 50-day EMAs, refreshing weekly highs around 1.2936 in the North American session, triggered by modestly positive US Retail Sales data, while a risk-off impulse in the markets added to overall US dollar strength, to the detriment of the Canadian dollar.

The USD/CAD is trading above its opening price at 1.2916 after reaching a daily low of 1.2827 during the European session.

The US Department of Commerce reported that Retail sales for July rose by 10.3% YoY, beating estimates of 8.3%, while the monthly reading was unchanged, missing expectations. Excluding autos and gasoline, sales jumped 0.4% YoY, vs. -0.1%. Albeit the report was positive, market participants’ focus is still on the July Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes.

In the meantime, the US Dollar Index, rises 0.33%, at 106.825, while US crude oil prices, also known as WTI, is slightly down, trading at $87.01 PB, down 0.07%. The previously mentioned factors exerted upward pressure on the USD/CAD, with buyers reclaiming the 1.2900 figure.

On the Canadian side, on Tuesday, inflation figures for July were mixed, with the plain vanilla Consumer Price Index at 7.6% YoY, unchanged. Still, core figures were skewed to the upside, mainly CPI Trimmed-mean and CPI Median, at 5.4% and 5% year-over-year, respectively.

Analysts at TDS commented, “With core inflation averaging 5.3% y/y and CPI-common sitting at 5.5%, we do not expect the Bank of Canada to draw much comfort from the moderation in headline CPI and continue to look for a 75bp hike in September.”

All that said, the USD/CAD inched higher, boosted by expectations that US FOMC minutes would be leaning towards the hawkish side, consequently bolstering US bond yields, which may underpin the US dollar.

What to watch

The US economic docket will feature Fed Governor Michelle Bowman’s speech, alongside July’s FOMC minutes. The Canadian economic calendar will reveal the Producer Price Index (PPI) for July, alongside Retail Sales.

USD/CAD Key Technical Level

USD/CAD

Overview
Today last price 1.2916
Today Daily Change 0.0081
Today Daily Change % 0.63
Today daily open 1.2845
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 1.2851
Daily SMA50 1.2895
Daily SMA100 1.2806
Daily SMA200 1.275
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 1.2929
Previous Daily Low 1.2831
Previous Weekly High 1.295
Previous Weekly Low 1.2728
Previous Monthly High 1.3224
Previous Monthly Low 1.2789
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.2868
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.2891
Daily Pivot Point S1 1.2808
Daily Pivot Point S2 1.2771
Daily Pivot Point S3 1.271
Daily Pivot Point R1 1.2906
Daily Pivot Point R2 1.2966
Daily Pivot Point R3 1.3003

 

 

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