• USD/CAD retreats to two-month low, with 200-day SMA 'safety net' just below.
  • Hopes for a less aggressive Fed, the risk-on mood continues to weigh on the pair.
  • An uptick in oil prices underpins the loonie and also contributes to capping the pair.

The USD/CAD pair remains confined in a narrow trading band through the early European session. The pair is currently meandering around the 1.2770-1.2765 area, just a few pips above a two-month low and the 200-day SMA.

The US dollar meets with a fresh supply and remains well within the striking distance of its lowest level since late June, set in the aftermath of softer US consumer inflation figures on Wednesday. This, in turn, is seen acting as a headwind for the USD/CAD pair and capping spot prices near the 100 DMA breakpoint – now turned resistance.

Following the release of the weaker-than-expected US CPI report for July, on Wednesday, investors rushed to trim their bets for a larger 75 bps Fed rate hike at the September policy meeting. This, along with a softer tone around the US Treasury bond yields and the risk-on impulse in the equity markets, continues to drive flows away from the safe-haven greenback.

The commodity-linked loonie, meanwhile, is gaining support from an uptick in crude oil prices which is exerting some downside pressure on the USD/CAD pair. That said, oil may not sustain its uptrend as concerns grow that a global economic downturn could hit fuel demand. This, along with the overnight hawkish remarks by Fed officials, should limit the USD losses and keep the pair supported.

The mixed fundamental backdrop dovetails with mixed technicals and warrants some caution for bearish traders. Although an overnight break took the pair below the 100-day SMA for the first time since June, the 200-day SMA is likely to pose a major obstacle to bears, where it is currently sitting just below spot at 1.2743. At least a clear break and daily close below the MA would be necessary for the green light on more losses, ideally accompanied by a fundamental development providing added negative confirmation.

Market participants now look forward to the release of the US Producer Price Index (PPI), due later during the early North American session. Apart from this, the US bond yields and the broader risk sentiment will drive the USD demand. Traders will also take cues from oil price dynamics to grab short-term opportunities around the USD/CAD pair.

Technical levels to watch

USD/CAD

Overview
Today last price 1.2764
Today Daily Change -0.0011
Today Daily Change % -0.09
Today daily open 1.2775
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 1.2885
Daily SMA50 1.2875
Daily SMA100 1.2793
Daily SMA200 1.2743
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 1.2896
Previous Daily Low 1.2751
Previous Weekly High 1.2985
Previous Weekly Low 1.2768
Previous Monthly High 1.3224
Previous Monthly Low 1.2789
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.2806
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.284
Daily Pivot Point S1 1.2719
Daily Pivot Point S2 1.2663
Daily Pivot Point S3 1.2575
Daily Pivot Point R1 1.2863
Daily Pivot Point R2 1.2952
Daily Pivot Point R3 1.3008

 

 

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