USD/CAD makes a sharp U-turn, trades below 1.3350

  • USD/CAD fell sharply after breaking below 1.3400 on Thursday.
  • US Dollar Index lost its traction in the American session.
  • WTI clings to decisive daily gains above $40.

The USD/CAD pair climbed to its highest level since early August at 1.3418 on Thursday but reversed its direction during the American trading hours. As of writing, the pair was down 0.33% on a daily basis at 1.3342.

The greenback, which has been gathering strength against its rivals since the start of the week, came under modest pressure in the second half of the day on Thursday. Although there was no clear catalyst behind the renewed USD weakness, a decisive rebound witnessed in major equity indexes in the US seems to be weighing on the US Dollar Index (DXY).

At the moment, the DXY is posting small daily losses at 94.30 and the S&P 500 Index is up 0.35%. 

WTI recovery helps CAD find demand

On the other hand, rising crude oil prices are providing a boost to the commodity-related loonie and allowing the bearish pressure on USD/CAD to remain intact. After spending the majority of the day in a tight range near mid-$39s, the barrel of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) turned north in late American session and touched a daily high of $40.35. 

Earlier in the day, the data published by Statistics Canada showed that payroll employment in July rose by 5.1%, or 739,700, but was largely ignored by the market participants. There won't be any macroeconomic data releases featured in the Canadian economic docket on Friday and Durable Goods Orders data from the US will be looked upon for fresh impetus.

Technical levels to watch for


Today last price 1.3334
Today Daily Change -0.0053
Today Daily Change % -0.40
Today daily open 1.3387
Daily SMA20 1.3167
Daily SMA50 1.3264
Daily SMA100 1.3476
Daily SMA200 1.3523
Previous Daily High 1.3387
Previous Daily Low 1.3294
Previous Weekly High 1.3247
Previous Weekly Low 1.3128
Previous Monthly High 1.3451
Previous Monthly Low 1.302
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.3351
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.333
Daily Pivot Point S1 1.3325
Daily Pivot Point S2 1.3263
Daily Pivot Point S3 1.3233
Daily Pivot Point R1 1.3417
Daily Pivot Point R2 1.3448
Daily Pivot Point R3 1.351



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