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Canadian Dollar Price Forecast: USD/CAD Strength May Fade

Canadian Dollar Price Forecast: USD/CAD Strength May Fade

2019-08-20 18:15:00
Peter Hanks, Junior Analyst

Canadian Dollar Forecast:

  • As USD/CAD negotiates the 200-day moving average to the topside, Canadian Dollar strength may return and drive the pair lower
  • A slew of upcoming events on the economic calendar posses the potential to spur volatility in the pair
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Canadian Dollar Price Forecast: USD/CAD Strength May Fade

USD/CAD has enjoyed a 0.75% climb in August as the US Dollar extended its rally versus the Canadian Dollar after bottoming out in mid-July. While the fundamental drivers between the two North American currencies are in constant flux, USD/CAD will have to negotiate the 200-day moving average while RSI creeps closer to overbought territory. The combination of topside barriers and potential for fundamental catalysts – resulting in heightened volatility across all CAD pairs - in the week ahead could spark a reemergence of Canadian Dollar strength that could look to threaten the USD/CAD rebound.

USD/CAD Price Chart: Daily Time Frame (September 2017 – August 2019) (Chart 1)

USD/CAD price chart forecast

To that end, the pair presents an intriguing opportunity to explore short exposure if USD/CAD is unable to comfortably surpass the recent peaks around 1.3344. A failure to do so could speak to tiredness among bulls and bolster a bearish bias in the shorter-term. Should such price action occur, 1.3250 will be an initial area of interest as the first mentionable zone of support.

USD/CAD Price Chart: 4 - Hour Time Frame (March – August) (Chart 2)

USD/CAD canadian dollar price chart, canada currency chart

Subsequent points of interest are scattered beneath near 1.3200 and 1.3145 before more formidable support will look to come into play slightly above 1.3015. Conversely, 1.3440 will be looked to as an area of invalidation if bullishness resumes which is entirely possible given the economic calendar for both the US and Canadian Dollars and the gravity of the Jackson Hole Symposium.

economic calendar

Another consideration to be made is the recent rebound in crude oil prices, which has seemingly provided very little boost for the Canadian Dollar. That said, Canadian CPI will pose the first scheduled risk to USD/CAD bearishness. Should the reading come in notably beneath expectations, CAD strength would likely fade as the odds of future rate cuts from the Bank of Canada tick higher in response to disappointing inflation. In the meantime, follow @PeterHanksFX on Twitter for updates and analysis on the developing price action.

--Written by Peter Hanks, Junior Analyst for DailyFX.com

Contact and follow Peter on Twitter @PeterHanksFX

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