USD/CAD Price Analysis: Likely come out of contraction after US Inflation data, BoC policy decision


  • USD/CAD consolidates below 1.3600 as the focus shifts to US Inflation and BoC monetary policy.
  • The US inflation data could be made or a break for market expectations of Fed rate cuts in June.
  • The BoC is expected to keep interest rates steady at 5%.

The USD/CAD pair struggles for a direction as investors await the United States Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for March, which will be published on Wednesday. The Loonie asset trades sideways below the round-level resistance of 1.3600 in Tuesday’s European session. The US inflation data for March is expected to provide some cues about when the Federal Reserve (Fed) could start reducing interest rates.

US annual headline inflation is forecasted to have increased to 3.4% from 3.2% in February. In the same period, the core inflation that excludes volatile food and energy prices is estimated to have dropped slightly to 3.7% from 3.8%.

Soft inflation figures could prompt speculation that the Fed will reduce borrowing costs after the June meeting, while hot figures might shift rate cut expectations to the second half of this year.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Dollar will dance to the tunes of the Bank of Canada’s (BoC) interest rate decision, to be announced on Wednesday. The BoC is expected to keep interest rates unchanged at 5%. Therefore, investors will focus on the outlook of borrowing rates. The BoC could deliver a dovish guidance as Canada’s labor market is facing stiff consequences of higher interest rates. Also, BoC’s preferred inflation measure, core CPI, came down to 2.1% in February.

USD/CAD is slightly down from the horizontal resistance of the Ascending triangle formation on a daily timeframe, plotted from December 7 high at 1.3620. The upward-sloping border of the aforementioned pattern is placed from December 27 low at 1.3177. The chart pattern exhibits a sharp volatility contraction and a breakout can happen in any direction.

The 200-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA) near 1.3500 remains a crucial support for the US Dollar bulls.

Meanwhile, the 14-period Relative Strength Index (RSI) oscillates inside the 40.00-60.00 range, indicating indecisiveness among market participants.

The Loonie asset would observe a fresh upside if it breaks above April 5 high at 1.3648. This will drive the asset to the round-level resistance of 1.3700, followed by November 22 high at 1.3765.

On the flip side, a downside move below February 22 low at 1.3441 would expose the asset to February 9 low at 1.3413. A breakdown below the latter would extend downside towards January 15 low at 1.3382.

USD/CAD daily chart

USD/CAD

Overview
Today last price 1.3579
Today Daily Change 0.0007
Today Daily Change % 0.05
Today daily open 1.3572
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 1.3548
Daily SMA50 1.3519
Daily SMA100 1.3484
Daily SMA200 1.3507
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 1.3617
Previous Daily Low 1.357
Previous Weekly High 1.3648
Previous Weekly Low 1.3478
Previous Monthly High 1.3614
Previous Monthly Low 1.342
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.3588
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.3599
Daily Pivot Point S1 1.3556
Daily Pivot Point S2 1.3539
Daily Pivot Point S3 1.3508
Daily Pivot Point R1 1.3603
Daily Pivot Point R2 1.3634
Daily Pivot Point R3 1.365

 

 

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