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Canadian Dollar Weekly Forecast: CAD at the Behest of Crude Oil and Rampant U.S. Dollar

Canadian Dollar Weekly Forecast: CAD at the Behest of Crude Oil and Rampant U.S. Dollar

Warren Venketas, Analyst

USD/CAD Analysis

  • Hawkish Fed re-pricing weighs on CAD.
  • Demand destruction leaves crude oil muted.

USD/CAD Fundamental Backdrop

USD/CAD had a rollercoaster week after the Bank of Canada (BoC) surprised markets by hiking rates by 100bps. The knock-on impact saw money markets price the Fed’s upcoming rate decision higher with 100bps call gaining traction. Higher than expected inflation, PPI and retail sales data augmented this outlook as we look ahead to Canadian inflation next week (see economic calendar below):


Source: DailyFX Economic Calendar

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Depressed crude oil prices remain with the Chinese economy showing signs of slowing despite fundamental supply data under strain.



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Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG

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Price action on the daily USD/CAD chart is trading at a key inflection point (long-term channel resistance) making higher highs. On the contrary, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) reflects slowing upside momentum (red) thus suggestive of bearish divergence. Traditionally, bearish divergence points to impending downside but under the current fundamental backdrop it is difficult to see this happening short-term. A confirmation close/breakout above the ascending channel will invalidate this bearish indication particularly with markets expectant of a 100bps Fed rate hike.

Key resistance levels:

  • 1.3224
  • 1.3100

Key support levels:

  • 1.0327 (382.% Fibonacci)
  • 20-day EMA (purple)


IGCS shows retail traders are currently prominently LONG on USD/CAD, with 62% of traders currently holding long positions (as of this writing). At DailyFX we typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment but after recent changes in longs and shorts, sentiment reveals a watchful bias.

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of clients are net long. of clients are net short.
Change in Longs Shorts OI
Daily 6% 8% 7%
Weekly 13% -11% -1%
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