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USDCAD Re-Tests 1.3400 as Canadian Jobs Data Disappoints

USDCAD Re-Tests 1.3400 as Canadian Jobs Data Disappoints

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USDCAD Talking Points:

- This morning’s economic calendar brought the release of both US and Canadian jobs numbers for the month of March. US NFP’s printed at +196k versus the expectation of +170k-+180k. Canadian jobs, on the other hand, disappointed as Canada lost 7,200 jobs versus an expectation for a 6k gain.

- USDCAD put in an initial move of strength as the pair tested the 1.3400 handle; but sellers soon followed to push prices back down to the pre-release range. This keeps prices in a symmetrical wedge pattern that’s been building over the past month, following a bullish breakout from another symmetrical wedge in USDCAD that had built-in from January to March. USDCAD may have attractive potential for traders looking at strategies of USD-weakness given proximity to long-term resistance around the 1.3500-handle.

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USDCAD Re-Buffed at 1.3400 After US, Canadian Jobs Release

This morning brought the release of key employment data out of both the US and Canada for the month of March. In the US, Non-Farm Payrolls printed at +196k, a nice improvement from last month’s +20k print and a hair above the consensus expectation, which was running from around +170k to +180k. This brought an initial move of weakness in the US Dollar, but that may be dismissed by some traders as the currency was holding a key zone of resistance ahead of the release.

But at the same time this morning Canadian jobs numbers were released, and this was a less rosy picture of economic health as the Canadian economy lost 7,200 jobs in the month of March versus an expectation for a gain of 6k.

The initial response in USDCAD was strength as CAD weakness was quickly priced-in. Prices in the pair ticked-up to the 1.3400 handle, at which point bulls pulled back and prices soon followed. The net of price action in the pair around the 8AM bar is a long-legged Doji; which could possibly keep the door open for short-term bearish strategies for traders comfortable trading within congestion.

USDCAD Hourly Price Chart

usdcad usd/cad hourly price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

Taking a step back on the pair, and there’s another symmetrical wedge formation that’s built just a month after breaking-above the prior symmetrical wedge. I had looked at bullish setups in the pair coming into March, basing strategy off of the Fibonacci level at 1.3132. Prices soon popped-higher, and buyers ran all the way into 1.3470 until that strength began to pullback. And now, for the past month, price action has been building deeper into another congestion formation.

USDCAD Eight-Hour Price Chart

usdcad usd/cad eight hour price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

Taking a further step back, and traders can start to get an idea as to why bulls have continually shown passive price action around re-approaches towards 1.3500. This is a major psychological level on the pair, and over the past three years, there have only been a few instances of prices in USDCAD testing above this level, each of which turned out badly for bulls. This is likely taking a toll on shorter-term themes as prices in the pair test above the 1.3400 level and buyers stare down a potentially key level of resistance just 100 pips-higher.

What Does This Mean?

If there’s an additional reason for USDCAD bulls to shy away from the bid, that can make USDCAD as an attractive option for strategies of USD-weakness. The US Dollar is fast approaching its own level of key resistance around 97.70 on the chart: This is a level that’s turned around three different bullish themes over the past five months. If the US Dollar has another such instance in its future, the short-side of USDCAD can be very interesting. And for strategies around USD-strength, traders may simply want to look elsewhere as USDCAD may have an extra hurdle to clear given this penchant for resistance to show around the 1.3500 psychological level.

USDCAD Weekly Price Chart

usdcad usd/cad weekly price chart

Chart prepared by James Stanley

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--- Written by James Stanley, Strategist for

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