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Renewed Dollar Strength Offers Fresh USD/CAD Scalp Targets

By , Currency Strategist
13 December 2011 20:41 GMT

Although we’ve been calling for loonie weakness for some time now, we could not advocate taking long scalps amid last week’s rally with Thursday’s sharp rebound off monthly lows offering proper justification for fresh Fibonacci extension using the October 27th and December 8th troughs. With the dollar advancing across the board this week and renewed concerns about the European sovereign debt crisis taking root, the commodity currency is likely to come under pressure with our medium-term bias on the USD/CAD weighted to the topside. Further supporting to our bias was the FOMC interest rate decision today where the central bank reiterated that rates are to stay near record lows through mid-2013 as “Strains in global financial markets continue to pose significant downside risks to the economic outlook.” While the Fed will continue with “operation twist,” talks of further quantitative easing has all but diminished as economic data out of the world’s largest economy continue to improve. Accordingly the reserve currency is likely to remain well supported as the threat of further dollar diluting measures from the central bank subsides.

USD/CAD Scalp Setup

Renewed_Dollar_Strength_Offers_Fresh_USDCAD_Scalp_Targets_body_Picture_2.png, Renewed Dollar Strength Offers Fresh USD/CAD Scalp Targets

A break above the 38.2% Fibonacci extension at 1.0295 eyes resistance profit targets at 1.0335, the 50% extension at 1.0365, and the 1.04-figure. A breach here risks further losses for the loonie with topside break-targets held at the 61.8% extension at 1.0440 and 1.0485.

Interim support holds at 1.0245 with subsequent floors seen at the 23.6% extension at the 1.02-handle and 1.0160. A break here negates our short-term bias with such a scenario eyeing subsequent floors at 1.0120, and 1.0080.An hourly average true range of 31.73 yields profit targets of 24-27 pips depending on entry. Should ATR pull back dramatically, adjust profit targets as needed to ensure more feasible scalps.

*Note that the scalp will not be active until a break below the 1.03-figure or a rebound off 1.0245 or subsequent support level with RSI conviction. We will remain flexible with our bias with a move passed the bottom limit at 1.0160 eyeing downside targets.

Key Thresholds

Entry/Exit Targets

Timeframe

Level

Significance

Resistance 1 Target

30min

1.0295

38.2% Fibonacci Ext

Resistance 2 Target

30min

1.0335

Soft Resistance

Resistance 3 Target

30min

1.0365

50% Fibonacci Ext

Topside Limit

30min

1.0400

Basic Resistance

Topside Limit Break-Target

30min

1.0440

61.8% Fibonacci Ext

Topside Limit Extended Break- Target

30min

1.0485

Soft Resistance

Support 1 Target

30min

1.0245

Soft Support

Support 2 Target

30min

1.0200

23.6% Fibonacci Ext

Bottom Limit

30min

1.0160

Soft Support- Weekly Low

Bottom Limit Break-Target

30min

1.0120

Soft Support

Bottom Limit Extended Break- Target

30min

1.0080

Soft Support

Average True Range

1hour

31.73

Profit Targets 24-27 pips

Upcoming Events

Event risk on the pair is limited overnight with the November leading indicators and October manufacturing shipments on tap. Leading indicators are expected to have improved last month with consensus estimates calling for a print of 0.4% m/m, up from a previous print of 0.2% m/m. Shipments will also be closely eyed by traders with estimates calling for a decline of 0.6% after a previous gain of 2.6% in September. Notwithstanding a significant miss on the data, the reports are unlikely to spark much volatility as traders remain fixate on further developments out of Europe. Should broader risk sentiment shift to extremely bullish (IE equities and Treasury yields rally sharply), look for the pair to come off with such a scenario eyeing downside targets.

Date

GMT

Release

Expected

Previous

12/14

13:30

Leading Indicators (MoM) (NOV)

0.4%

0.2%

12/14

13:30

Manufacturing Shipments (MoM) (OCT)

-0.6%

2.6%

---Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Analyst with DailyFX.com

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13 December 2011 20:41 GMT