USD/CAD Price Analysis: Consolidates around mid-1.3600s, eyes BoC for fresh impetus


  • USD/CAD oscillates in a narrow trading band below the multi-month top set on Tuesday.
  • Bullish Oil prices underpin the Loonie and cap the upside amid subdued USD price action.
  • Traders now look forward to the BoC policy decision before placing fresh directional bets.

The USD/CAD pair lacks any firm intraday directional bias on Wednesday and seesaws between tepid gains/minor losses through the Asian session. Spot prices currently trade just below mid-1.3600s and remain well within the striking distance of the highest level since March 28 touched on Tuesday.

Crude Oil prices stand tall near the YTD peak and seem to underpin the commodity-linked Loonie. The US Dollar (USD), on the other hand, consolidates its recent strong gains to a nearly six-month top and remains well supported by growing acceptance that the Federal Reserve (Fed) will keep interest rates higher for longer. The aforementioned diverging forces fail to provide any meaningful impetus to the USD/CAD pair as investors now look to the Bank of Canada (BoC) policy decision for a fresh impetus.

From a technical perspective, the overnight sustained strength beyond the 1.3600 mark was seen as a fresh trigger for bullish traders. The USD/CAD pair, however, struggles to find acceptance above the 1.3645-1.3650 horizontal barrier. This, along with the fact that the Relative Strength Index (RSI) on the daily chart has moved on the verge of breaking into the overbought territory, warrants some caution before positioning for any further appreciating move heading into the key central bank event risk.

In the meantime, any corrective slide now seems to find support near the 1.3600 round figure, below which the USD/CAD pair could decline towards the next relevant support near the 1.3525 region. Some follow-through selling could drag spot prices further below the 1.3500 psychological mark, towards testing the very important 200-day Simple Moving Average (SMA), currently around the 1.3460 area. The latter should act as a pivotal point, which if broken might shift the bias in favour of bearish traders.

On the flip side, the 1.3665-1.3670 area, or the overnight swing high, could act as an immediate resistance, which if cleared should allow the USD/CAD pair to reclaim the 1.3700 mark. The positive momentum could get extended further towards the 1.3730 resistance zone en route to the 1.3800 round figure and the YTD peak, around the 1.3860 region touched in March.

USD/CAD daily chart

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Technical levels to watch

USD/CAD

Overview
Today last price 1.3644
Today Daily Change 0.0002
Today Daily Change % 0.01
Today daily open 1.3642
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 1.3536
Daily SMA50 1.3364
Daily SMA100 1.34
Daily SMA200 1.3464
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 1.367
Previous Daily Low 1.3589
Previous Weekly High 1.3637
Previous Weekly Low 1.3489
Previous Monthly High 1.364
Previous Monthly Low 1.3184
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.3639
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.362
Daily Pivot Point S1 1.3597
Daily Pivot Point S2 1.3553
Daily Pivot Point S3 1.3516
Daily Pivot Point R1 1.3678
Daily Pivot Point R2 1.3714
Daily Pivot Point R3 1.3758

 

 

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