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USD/CAD Pullback Eyes Key Support Zone Ahead of Canada Retail Sales

USD/CAD Pullback Eyes Key Support Zone Ahead of Canada Retail Sales

2016-11-21 19:51:00
Michael Boutros, Strategist

Talking Points

  • USD/CAD testing monthly open support 1.3405/07
  • Key near-term resistance steady at 1.3575
  • Updated targets & invalidation levels


USD/CAD Daily Chart

Technical Outlook: Last week I noted that USDCAD has continued to trade within the confines of this modified pitchfork extending off the yearly lows with price extending into fresh nine-month highs. The pair responded to a key resistance range early in the week around 1.3575 - this region is defined by the 50% retracement of the 2016 range and converges on multiple parallels over the next few days.” The pair failed on another retest of this level on Friday and leaves the risk for further losses in the greenback with pullback now eyeing a key near-term support confluence which if broken, could fuel a more significant decline.

USD/CAD 240min

USD/CAD 240min Chart

Notes: A closer look at price highlights a near-term slope off the highs with the pair rebounding off the lower parallel in early U.S. trade. More significant structural support is seen just lower at 1.3368/76 where the 100% extension converges on the 23.6% retracement of the June advance and a pair of long & short-term median lines. A break below this mark shifts the focus lower targeting 1.3314 backed by 1.3259 & 1.3231.

Interim resistance stands at 1.3488 backed by the upper parallel & 1.3575 (bearish invalidation). From a trading standpoint, heading into tomorrow’s Canada Retail Sales release the risk remains lower while below the weekly open with a break of key near-term structural support needed to validate a more prominent reversal in the pair.

  • A summary of the DailyFX Speculative Sentiment Index (SSI) shows traders are net short USD/CAD- the ration stands at -1.32 (43% of traders are long)- weak bullish reading
  • Long positions are 11.1% higher than yesterday and 37.4% above levels seen last week
  • Short positions are 3.8% lower than yesterday and 20% below levels seen last week.
  • Open interest is 7.9% below its monthly average.
  • The SSI ratio has continued to narrow (less net-short) and as such leaves the long-bias at risk. Note that with open interest still well below its 30-day average, look for a further shift in retail sentiment once full market participation returns.

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USD/CAD Pullback Eyes Key Support Zone Ahead of Canada Retail Sales

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---Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX

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