USD/CAD syncs with sluggish Oil price, US Dollar above 1.3500 as Canada GDP, US inflation clues loom


  • USD/CAD picks up bids to pare intraday losses around five-week low.
  • Oil traders struggle to cheer risk-on mood, upbeat China PMI as US Dollar pauses downside.
  • Recently falling hawkish Fed bets, mixed US data allow Loonie bears to remain hopeful.
  • Canada GDP for January, US Core PCE Price Index eyed for fresh impulse.

USD/CAD licks its wounds around 1.3520 as it pares the weekly losses around the lowest levels in more than a month, after refreshing the multi-day low, during early Friday. In doing so, the Loonie pair takes clues from the inactive Oil price and the US Dollar amid the market’s cautious mood ahead of the key inflation data from the US, as well as Canada’s Monthly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data for January.

WTI crude oil remains mildly offered around $74.30 after refreshing a 13-day high earlier in the day. That said, upbeat prints of China’s official PMIs for March join talks of no change in the production policies of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies led by Russia, known collectively as OPEC+, to favor the Oil buyers.

On the other hand, the US Dollar Index (DXY) seesaws around 102.25, after refreshing the weekly bottom with 102.05 earlier in the day. In doing so, the greenback’s gauge versus the six major currencies portrays the pre-data anxiety, while also taking clues from the lackluster markets, to prod the DXY traders.

It should be noted that the recent hawkish rhetoric of the Fed officials and strong US inflation expectations seemed to have triggered the USD/CAD pair’s corrective bounce. That said, Fed Jerome Powell joined Boston Fed President Susan Collins, Minneapolis Fed Leader Neel Kashkari and Richmond Fed President Thomas Barkin to suggest the US central bank’s further rate hike to tame the inflation woes. However, mixed US data raise doubts about the Fed policymakers’ hawkish rhetoric and rather concentrated on their rejection of banking crisis woes to weigh on the US Dollar, as well the Fed bets. 

As per the latest reading of the CME’s FedWatch Tool, traders place a nearly 47% chance of a 0.25% rate hike in the May month Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Monetary policy meeting, versus 60% the previous day.

Amid these plays,  the S&P 500 Futures refresh a three-week high by tracing Wall Street’s upbeat sentiment. Though, the US 10-year Treasury bond yields rose two basis points (bps) to 3.57% whereas the two-year counterpart grinds higher to 4.13% during a five-day uptrend.

Looking ahead, USD/CAD may defend the latest corrective bounce ahead of the key US inflation clues, as well as Canadian GDP. However, the actual prints of the Core Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) Price Index for February will be crucial for clear directions.

Technical analysis

The 100-DMA challenges USD/CAD bears around 1.3520 ahead of directing them to the key support line stretched from June 2022, close to 1.3480. That said, the bearish MACD signals and sustained trading below the 50-DMA, close to 1.3545 at the latest, suggest the Loonie pair’s further downside.

Additional important levels

Overview
Today last price 1.3528
Today Daily Change 0.0005
Today Daily Change % 0.04%
Today daily open 1.3523
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 1.3698
Daily SMA50 1.354
Daily SMA100 1.3519
Daily SMA200 1.3372
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 1.3581
Previous Daily Low 1.3516
Previous Weekly High 1.3804
Previous Weekly Low 1.3631
Previous Monthly High 1.3666
Previous Monthly Low 1.3262
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 1.3541
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 1.3556
Daily Pivot Point S1 1.3499
Daily Pivot Point S2 1.3474
Daily Pivot Point S3 1.3433
Daily Pivot Point R1 1.3564
Daily Pivot Point R2 1.3605
Daily Pivot Point R3 1.363

 

 

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