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USD/CAD Outlook Mired by Failed Test of September High

USD/CAD Outlook Mired by Failed Test of September High

Talking Points:

- USD/CAD November Rally Exhausted Ahead of September High (1.3456).

- NZD/USD Bearish Formation Remains Intact Ahead of New Zealand Trade Balance.

- USDOLLAR Continuation Pattern Remains in Focus Following Lackluster 3Q GDP Report.

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USD/CAD Daily Chart

Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

  • Even though USD/CAD preserves the upward trending channel from the previous month, the pair may have marked a failed attempt to test the September high (1.3456) as the Relative Strength Index (RSI) retains the bearish formation from back in July.
  • Will keep a close eye on the near-term rebound in oil prices amid the historical relationship with the Canadian dollar; failure to hold above trendline support may highlight a larger pullback in the exchange rate as the Bank of Canada (BoC) adopts an improved outlook for the region.
  • The DailyFX Speculative Sentiment Index (SSI) shows retail crowd remains net-short USD/CAD since November 4, but the ratio appears to be coming off of recent extremes as it narrows to -2.35 as 30% of traders are now long.


NZD/USD Daily Chart
  • Near-term outlook for NZD/USD remains mired by the bearish formation in price & the RSI; waiting for a break/close below former resistance around 0.6400 (61.8% retracement) to 0.6440 (23.6% retracement) to favor a further decline.
  • With New Zealand’s Trade Balance expected to show a narrowing deficit, an improvement in the balance of payments may encourage the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) to endorse a wait-and-see approach at the December 9 interest rate decision as the previous rate-cuts continue to work their way through the real economy.
  • Failure to retain the downward trending channel paired with a move back above former support around 0.6630 (38.2% retracement) raises the risk for a larger rebound in the exchange rate.

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USDOLLAR(Ticker: USDollar):

IndexLastHighLowDaily Change (%)Daily Range (% of ATR)
DJ-FXCM Dollar Index12163.8512178.3812158.57-0.0945.81%
USDOLLAR Daily Chart

Chart - Created Using FXCM Marketscope 2.0

  • USDOLLAR may continue to consolidate in the days ahead as it remains stuck within a bull-flag formation; will retain a constructive outlook for the greenback amid market expectations for a December Fed rate-hike.
  • Despite the upward revision in the preliminary U.S. 3Q Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report, the downward revision in Personal Consumption may become a growing concern for Fed officials as it dampens the outlook for the holiday shopping season.
  • Nevertheless, will retain a constructive view for the USDOLLAR as it holds above former resistance around 12,049 (78.6% retracement) to 12,082 (61.8% expansion), with the topside region of interest standing around 12,273 (161.8% expansion) to 12,296 (100% expansion).

*As we approach the holidays and thus illiquid markets, it's worth reviewing principles that help protect your capital. We call these principles the "Traits of Successful Traders."

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--- Written by David Song, Currency Analyst

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