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Canadian Dollar Rate Forecast: CAD Jumps Above 50-Day Moving Average

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2018-05-16 14:30:00
Tyler Yell, CMT, Currency Strategist

Canadian Dollar Rate Forecast Key Takeaways:

  • The ONE Thing: Technical picture shows strength after possible ‘bull trap.’ The week is littered with key economic data like CPI & Retail Sales on Friday, which if strong could lift CAD further against weaker currencies.
  • The US Dollar Index will be a difficult way to play potential CAD strength due to the recent jump in USD after in-line retail sales and March’s upward revision has boosted confidence in the Fed and lifted the implied probability of four rate hikes this year now comfortablyabove 50%. UST 10-Year Yield jumped as high as 3.07% with Treasury market volatility at the highest level since February.
  • Crude oil remains broadly strong though is lower on the session as signs of physical market tightness via backwardation has lessened. Crude oil will likely see some volatility on the weekly EIA Crude Oil Inventory Report that has recently shown persistent drawdowns and broad demand.
  • IG UK Client Sentiment Highlight: Recent changes in sentiment warn that the current USDCAD price trend may soon reverse lower despite the fact traders remain net-short.Retail Sentimentis utilized as a contrarian technical trading tool, an insight derived from our Traits of Successful Traders research.

Key Technical Levels for Canadian Dollar Rate to US Dollar:

  • Resistance: C$1.2925 May 15 High
  • Spot: C$1.2798
  • Support: C$1.2730 – May 11 Low / C$1.2527 – April low

USD/CAD Daily Chart: Canadian Dollar Strengthens From Lower High

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Chart Source: IG Charting Package, IG UK Price Feed. Created by Tyler Yell, CMT

The Canadian Dollar rate has held up well against the strengthening US Dollar. On Tuesday, the entire G10FX space lost ground to the US Dollar as US Treasury yields jumped through 2014 highs to the highest level since 2011 on bets that inflation was coming and the Fed would hike four times in 2018 to contain the inflation.

After Tuesday’s standout performance, the Canadian Dollar strengthened toward the 50-DMA at C$1.2802. A break below the May 11 low at C$1.2730 would likely validate the view that broader CAD strength is about to develop, but not likely against the US Dollar or as significantly against the US Dollar.

Bearish targets currently sit at C$1.2628 and C$1.2400 as Fibonacci Expansion targets.

Not familiar with Fibonacci analysis, check out this insightful article

Traders looking for lower hanging fruit may want to try CAD/JPY if CAD strength is material. 3-Day RSI on CADJPY is a G10-leading 85 showing significant strength. Such JPY weakness makes sense given USD/JPY recently broke aggressively higher on higher UST yields.

Valuable Insight from IG Client Positioning for USD/CAD: Retail selling activity drops, biased lower

Canadian Dollar Rate Forecast: CAD Jumps Above 50-Day Moving Average

Data source: IG Client Positioning

We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests USDCAD prices may continue to rise. Yet traders are less net-short than yesterday and compared with last week. Recent changes in sentiment warn that the current USDCAD price trend may soon reverse lower despite the fact traders remain net-short (emphasis mine.)

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---Written by Tyler Yell, CMT

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