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Canadian Dollar Price Outlook: BoC Holds, USD/CAD Rallies

Canadian Dollar Price Outlook: BoC Holds, USD/CAD Rallies

James Stanley, Senior Strategist

Canadian Dollar Talking Points:

Bank of Canada Holds Rates Steady

The Canadian Dollar has been on the move so far in Q4. And when coupled with a weak US Dollar as the US currency began to reverse in the opening days of the fourth quarter, a strong trend had developed in USD/CAD that pushed the pair very near yearly lows.

At today’s Bank of Canada rate decision, the BoC held rates as was widely-expected. CAD weakness did show up on the back of the statement, however, as the Bank of Canada has grown more cautious around global growth. Taken from this morning’s statement, ‘Growth in Canada is expected to slow in the second half of this year to a rate below its potential.’ The full statement can be read here: Bank of Canada October Interest Rate Decision.

Coming into this week, USD/CAD was sticking to a bearish trend that had pushed the pair down to fresh three-month-lows, with buyers finally stepping in ahead of the July swing sitting just above the 1.3000 psychological level. As looked at in yesterday’s webinar, a pullback to find resistance around prior support, taken from the 1.3132 Fibonacci level, could soon re-open the door for bearish trend strategies, looking for that eventual re-test of the 1.3000 handle.

USD/CAD Four-Hour Price Chart

usdcad usd/cad four hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; USDCAD on Tradingview

As looked at last week, USD/CAD was nearing a big area of confluent support. And while it took a couple of days for buyers to respond, the fact remains that continuation could still show in that theme after USD/CAD has clawed back a portion of those prior losses.

USD/CAD Daily Price Chart

usdcad usd/cad daily price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; USDCAD on Tradingview

This leads into a widely-expected rate cut from the FOMC later today. Markets are pricing in a greater than 95% chance of another rate cut from the Fed but, as has become usual, the big focus will be on what the bank alludes to for near-future monetary conditions. If the FOMC takes on a similar tone of stability as what was shown over the prior two cuts, USD-strength may stick around for a bit as shorts cover. This could further push USD/CAD up to resistance levels around the 1.3200 handle.

In each potential instance, rallies could be attractive for fades, looking for an eventual re-test of the 1.3000 handle at fresh yearly lows, targeting bearish breakout potential.

USD/CAD Two-Hour Price Chart

usdcad usd/cad two hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley; USDCAD on Tradingview

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--- Written by James Stanley, Strategist for DailyFX.com

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