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Canadian Dollar May Fall on USD/CAD Reversal Cues, Trade War Fears

Canadian Dollar May Fall on USD/CAD Reversal Cues, Trade War Fears

Daniel Dubrovsky, Contributing Senior Strategist
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Asia Pacific Market Open Talking Points

  • USD/CAD may reverse higher on bullish technical hints, markets eyeing BoC
  • Soft US data likely fueled spillover fears into Canada. Trade war fears rose
  • Australian Dollar awaiting CPI data as Japanese Yen looks to the BoJ ahead

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The Canadian Dollar was the worst-performing major on Tuesday, even failing to capitalize on a rise in crude oil prices during the US session. A clear catalyst seemed absent, but it might have been speculation that the Bank of Canada could deliver dovish forward guidance at its anticipated interest rate hold tomorrow. The Loonie holds the title as of one of the highest-yielding liquid currencies.

As such, the currency is particularly vulnerable to data that risks taking away its high-rate advantage. That might have stemmed from the United States, Canada’s top trading partner. In the US, housing prices in 20 cities on average declined about -0.2% m/m versus -0.1% expected. Meanwhile, local consumer confidence dipped to its lowest since June. The US Dollar also saw some weakness as dismal data spooked investors.

Disappointing US Data – Housing Prices and Consumer Confidence

Disappointing US Data Housing Prices and Consumer Confidence

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Meanwhile, risk trends were jawboned by the latest US-China trade war developments. A report from Reuters crossed the wires citing a US administration official that a “phase one” deal with China may not be signed at next month’s APEC meeting in Chile. Both the S&P 500 and MSCI Emerging Markets Index ended lower from yesterday, dropping potential technical signals of a top.

Wednesday’s Asia Pacific Trading Session

The next 24 hours are filled with plenty of event risk for currencies beginning with Wednesday’s Asia pacific trading session. The Australian Dollar will be eyeing third quarter local CPI data which risks disappointing relative to expectations, fueling RBA rate cut bets. Then at an unspecified time, the Bank of Japan will hold its October monetary policy announcement as the Yen awaits updated economic outlook prospects.

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As for risk trends, Asia Pacific markets may see market mood sour following the Wall Street trading session. This may boost the anti-risk Japanese Yen while weakening the sentiment-linked New Zealand Dollar. Though meaningful follow-through will likely have to wait until the Fed rate decision crosses the wires at 18:00 GMT. Afterwards, Chair Jerome Powell will speak at 18:30 GMT.

Canadian Dollar Technical Analysis

With the weakness in the Canadian Dollar, USD/CAD has left behind a Morning Star bullish reversal pattern on the daily chart. Upside confirmation opens the door to overturning the dominant downtrend that has prevailed since earlier this month. Though positioning signals offer a bearish-contrarian USD/CAD forecast. As such, it may be best to stand aside for the time being to let the fundamentals clarify the CAD outlook.

Join me later today at 1:00 GMT as I discuss what trader positioning is saying about the outlook for the US Dollar ahead of the FOMC !

Chart of the Day – USD/CAD Daily

Chart of the Day USD/CAD Daily

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--- Written by Daniel Dubrovsky, Currency Analyst for

To contact Daniel, use the comments section below or @ddubrovskyFX on Twitter

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