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Canadian Dollar Forecast: USD/CAD Breaking Lower and Testing Trend Support

Canadian Dollar Forecast: USD/CAD Breaking Lower and Testing Trend Support

Nick Cawley, Strategist

USD/CAD Price, Chart, and Analysis

  • USD/CAD touching a two-week low as US dollar weakness persists.
  • Trend support is being tested.

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The post-Jackson Hole sell-off in the US dollar is pushing the greenback down to a new two-week low with short-term support around 92.45 now under pressure. While chair Powell may have disappointed the market by not releasing a more structured timetable for tapering bond purchases, Friday’s US jobs report (NFP) may nudge the Fed into a more detailed announcement at next month’s FOMC meeting (September 21-22), giving the greenback a supportive bid. The daily DXY chart shows the current weakness in the market with both the 20- and 50-day simple moving averages broken in the last few days.

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US Dollar (DXY) Daily Price Chart (January – August 31, 2021)

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On the right-hand side of the USD/CAD quote, the Canadian dollar is currently getting a bid from a stronger oil complex after oil production in the Gulf of Mexico was badly hit by the impact of Hurricane Ida. The upcoming OPEC+ meeting is expected to increase production by 400,000 barrels a day, as previously announced, and this may eventually help to unwind some of the tight conditions seen in the market. Later today, second-quarter Canadian GDP is announced (13:30 BST) with annualized growth expected to have slowed to 2.5% from a prior 5.6%. Monthly GDP is forecast to rise to 0.7% in June from -0.3% in May.

The latest sell-off in USD/CAD sees the pair now trading below recent trend support and a confirmed break will likely see the pair push lower. The supportive 20-day sma has also been broken, just, while the 50-day sma has been tested and rejected. A confirmed break lower will see a cluster of prior lows between 1.2510 and 1.2422 come into focus.

IG retail positioning (see below) confirms this mixed outlook although the sharp increase in weekly net-longs and a sharp decrease in weekly net-shorts shows traders are building further long positions in the pair.

USD/CAD Daily Price Chart (December 2020 – August 31, 2021)

Retail trader data show 73.89% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders long to short at 2.83 to 1. The number of traders net-long is unchanged than yesterday and 28.03% higher from last week, while the number of traders net-short is unchanged than yesterday and 37.52% 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. Positioning is less net-long than yesterday but more net-long from last week. The combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a further mixed USD/CAD trading bias.

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of clients are net long. of clients are net short.
Change in Longs Shorts OI
Daily 8% -1% 2%
Weekly 12% -3% 1%
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