- USD/CAD pair witnessed some selling for the third consecutive session on Wednesday.
- Retreating US bond yields and the risk-on mood kept the USD bulls on the defensive.
- An uptick in crude oil prices underpinned the loonie and contributed to the selling bias.
The USD/CAD pair edged lower during the early North American session on Wednesday and dropped to the 1.2600 neighbourhood, or weekly lows set on Tuesday.
Following the previous day's good two-way price swings, the pair met with some fresh supply and traded with a negative bias for the third consecutive session. A combination of factors continued benefitting the Canadian dollar, which, along with a subdued US dollar price action, exerted some pressure on the USD/CAD pair through the first half of the trading action.
Statistics Canada reported on Tuesday that the domestic economy grew at a 9.6% annualized pace during the fourth quarter of 2020. Adding to this, a flash estimate showed that the GDP rose 0.5% in January, defying expectations for a contraction at the start of the year. Apart from this, bullish crude oil prices continued underpinning the commodity-linked currency – loonie.
On the other hand, a fresh leg up in the equity markets and a softer tone surrounding the US Treasury bond yields kept the USD bulls on the defensive. This was seen as another factor that prompted some selling around the USD/CAD pair. That said, the upbeat US economic outlook might extend some support to the USD and help limit any further downside for the major.
Investors remain optimistic about a relatively strong US economic recovery from the pandemic amid the progress in COVID-19 vaccinations and a massive US fiscal stimulus plan. Moreover, the reflation trade seemed to have forced investors to price in a possible uptick in inflation and raised doubts that the Fed would retain ultra-low interest rates for a longer period.
It will now be interesting to see if the USD/CAD pair is able to attract any buying at lower levels or breaks below the 1.2600 round-figure mark and resume its prior/well-established bearish trend. Market participants now look forward to the release of the US ADP report on private-sector employment and the US ISM Services PMI for some meaningful trading opportunities.
Technical levels to watch
|Today last price||1.261|
|Today Daily Change||-0.0011|
|Today Daily Change %||-0.09|
|Today daily open||1.2621|
|Previous Daily High||1.2698|
|Previous Daily Low||1.26|
|Previous Weekly High||1.273|
|Previous Weekly Low||1.2468|
|Previous Monthly High||1.287|
|Previous Monthly Low||1.2468|
|Daily Fibonacci 38.2%||1.2638|
|Daily Fibonacci 61.8%||1.2661|
|Daily Pivot Point S1||1.2582|
|Daily Pivot Point S2||1.2542|
|Daily Pivot Point S3||1.2484|
|Daily Pivot Point R1||1.268|
|Daily Pivot Point R2||1.2738|
|Daily Pivot Point R3||1.2777|
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