USD/CAD holds steady around mid-1.3200s, moves little post-Canadian retail sales

  • USD/CAD seesawed between tepid gains/minor losses on Friday.
  • A modest USD pullback was negated by weaker oil prices.
  • Mixed Canadian retail sales failed to provide any fresh impetus.

The USD/CAD pair remained confined in its intraday trading range, around mid-1.3200s, and had a rather muted reaction to Canadian macro data.

The pair failed to capitalize on the previous session's goodish intraday bounce from three-week lows and remained confined in a narrow trading band through the major part of Friday's trading action.

Traders seemed reluctant to place fresh bets

Against the backdrop of a modest US dollar pullback from multi-year tops, a sharp fall in crude oil prices undermined the commodity-linked currency – the loonie and failed to provide any meaningful impetus.

The pair moved little following the release of mixed Canadian monthly retail sales figures for December, showing that headline sales remained flat as compared to consensus estimates pointing to a 0.1% rise.

Conversely, sales excluding automobiles came in better than expected and rose by 0.5%. This along with an upward revision of the previous month’s upward revision helped offset the softer headline print.

Market participants now look forward to the US economic docket, featuring the release of flash Manufacturing and Services PMI prints, which might produce some meaningful trading opportunities.

Technical levels to watch


Today last price 1.3252
Today Daily Change -0.0008
Today Daily Change % -0.06
Today daily open 1.326
Daily SMA20 1.3247
Daily SMA50 1.3147
Daily SMA100 1.3179
Daily SMA200 1.3215
Previous Daily High 1.327
Previous Daily Low 1.3212
Previous Weekly High 1.333
Previous Weekly Low 1.3236
Previous Monthly High 1.3255
Previous Monthly Low 1.29
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.3247
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.3234
Daily Pivot Point S1 1.3224
Daily Pivot Point S2 1.3189
Daily Pivot Point S3 1.3166
Daily Pivot Point R1 1.3282
Daily Pivot Point R2 1.3305
Daily Pivot Point R3 1.334



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