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Canadian Dollar Forecast: USD/CAD Primed for Reversal with Oil

Canadian Dollar Forecast: USD/CAD Primed for Reversal with Oil

Rich Dvorak, Analyst

CANADIAN DOLLAR FORECAST: USD/CAD PRICE DUE FOR REVERSAL AS CRUDE OIL DROPS DESPITE OPEC+ DEAL, BANK OF CANADA MEETING LOOMS & CORONAVIRUS RECESSION RISK LINGERS

  • The Canadian Dollar looks like it might come back under pressure with crude oil after the OPEC+ deal disappointed markets
  • USD/CAD price action eyes trader sentiment surrounding coronavirus recession risk and a scheduled monetary policy update from the Bank of Canada
  • Spot USD/CAD could ricochet higher off a major technical support level after falling nearly 700-pips in three weeks

The Canadian Dollar participated in a broad-based rally against the US Dollar last week. Growing coronavirus optimism, driven by a deceleration in new COVID-19 cases, intensive care admissions and deaths, likely contributed to the protracted US Dollar pullback and 1.5% decline in USD/CAD last week.

USD/CAD price action now trades roughly 5% below its year-to-date high printed on March 19 – the strongest reading notched by the major currency pair since early 2016. The Canadian Dollar may surrender recent gains against its USD peer, however, as crude oil prices drop despite the OPEC+ deal.

USD/CAD & CRUDE OIL PRICE CHART: 4-HOUR TIME FRAME (DECEMBER 2019 TO APRIL 2020)

USDCAD Price Chart Canadian Dollar and Crude Oil Correlation OPEC+ Deal

Chart created by @RichDvorakFX with TradingView

Even though crude oil plunged about 20% last week, the Canadian Dollar interestingly climbed against safe-haven currencies like the US Dollar and Yen. Correspondingly, the correlation between crude oil and USD/CAD price action turned positive, which contrasts the inverse relationship generally held by the direction of the Canadian Dollar and crude oil.

That said, the Canadian Dollar might face selling pressure once the CAD to oil correlation is restored to normalcy. Also, in light of prevailing crude oil demand woes, the announced OPEC+ supply cuts could fall short of bolstering crude oil prices. This poses considerable downside risk to the Canadian Dollar and might rekindle the rally in spot USD/CAD.

USD/CAD PRICE CHART: 4-HOUR TIME FRAME (09 MARCH TO 10 APRIL 2020)

USDCAD Price Chart Canadian Dollar Forecast

Meanwhile, the Canadian Dollar is pressing technical resistance as USD/CAD probes a major zone of confluence slightly below the 1.4000 handle. Highlighted approximately by the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of its trading range since the early March gap higher, this technical level could serve as a springboard that sends spot USD/CAD price action recoiling back higher.

Reclaiming the 1.4000 mark could tee-up a test of trendline resistance extended through the series of lower highs recently recorded as USD/CAD consolidates. If the March 27 intraday low is breached, however, USD/CAD might gravitate toward the next support level around the 1.3800 price.

CANADIAN DOLLAR REBOUNDED AFTER BANK OF CANADA ENTERED US DOLLAR LIQUIDITY SWAP LINE

Canadian Dollar Forecast CAD to USD Price Chart Currency Basis Swap Bank of Canada

Perhaps improved US Dollar liquidity and reduced funding market stress – partly owed to a currency swap agreement between the Federal Reserve, Bank of Canada and other major central banks – has helped propel USD/CAD price action lower. Although, this theme might take the backseat as bearish fundamental forces weighing negatively on the Loonie, like the latest nosedive in Canadian employment data and in crude oil prices, take focus again.

On another note, the Bank of Canada is scheduled to provide traders with another monetary policy update on Wednesday, April 15 at 14:00 GMT. The Bank of Canada might strike a gloomy tone toward the economy by underscoring the headwinds it faces due to the collapse in crude oil prices and the global recession that is likely unavoidable. In turn, spot USD/CAD might resume its surge while the Canadian Dollar comes back under pressure.

-- Written by Rich Dvorak, Analyst for DailyFX.com

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