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The Canadian Dollar is slipped more than 1.1% against the US Dollar over the past three sessions with the advance now testing confluence resistance at the monthly highs – our focus is on today’s close. These are the updated targets and invalidation levels that matter on the USD/CAD charts this week. Review this week’s Strategy Webinar for an in-depth breakdown of this Loonie trade setup and more.

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USD/CAD Price Chart - Loonie Daily

USD/CAD Price Chart - US Dollar vs Canadian Dollar Daily - Loonie Technical Outlook

Technical Outlook: In my latest Canadian Dollar Weekly Price Outlook we noted that, “the immediate focus is on a reaction of this key zone at 1.2972-1.3052 – watch the weekly close. From a trading standpoint, look to reduce short-exposure / lower protective stops in this zone. USD/CAD tested this zone for more than four weeks with yesterday’s rally through the monthly open at 1.3076 now attempting to breach the objective July opening-range highs at 1.3145. Note that basic channel resistance extending off the yearly highs also converges on this region and further emphasizes the significance of today’s close.

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USD/CAD Price Chart – Loonie 120min

USD/CAD Price Chart - US Dollar vs Canadian Dollar 120minute - Loonie Technical Outlook

Notes: A closer look at Loonie price action shows USD/CAD trading within the confines of an ascending pitchfork formation extending off the monthly lows with the advance now testing confluence resistance just above 1.3145. A topside breach / close above this region is needed to keep the long-bias viable targeting the upper parallel (currently ~1.32) and the 38.2% retracement of the May decline at 1.3226.

Look for initial support at the median-line, currently ~1.3115 backed by the 25% line near 1.3080. Ultimately a break below the weekly opening-range lows at 1.3040 would be needed to mark resumption lower- such a scenario would risk a drop towards confluence Fibonacci support at 1.2971.

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Bottom line: The USD/CAD rally is now testing key confluence resistance at 1.3145/60 and leaves the immediate advance vulnerable while below this threshold near-term. From a trading standpoint, a good place to reduce long-exposure / raise protective stops – be on the lookout for possible exhaustion. Ultimately, a close above is needed to suggest a larger breakout is underway and validate a breach of the monthly opening-range. Failure here would have me looking for support ahead of the monthly open (1.3076) IF price is indeed heading higher.

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USD/CAD Trader Sentiment

USD/CAD Trader Sentiment - US Dollar vs Canadian Dollar Price Chart - Loonie Technical Outlook
  • A summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-long USD/CAD - the ratio stands at +1.05 (51.2% of traders are long) – neutral reading
  • Long positions are 12.2% lower than yesterday and 22.9% lower from last week
  • Short positions are 18.1% higher than yesterday and 1.7% lower from last week
  • We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests USD/CAD prices may continue to fall. Yet traders are less net-long than yesterday & compared with last week and the recent changes in sentiment warn that the current USD/CAD price trend may soon reverse higher despite the fact traders remain net-long.

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- Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX

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