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USD/CAD Technical Outlook: Bounce to Give-way to More Selling

USD/CAD Technical Outlook: Bounce to Give-way to More Selling

Paul Robinson, Strategist

USD/CAD Technical Outlook

  • USD/CAD pulled off hard from the 12950 level
  • Putting in bearish formation that could lead to lower levels
  • Pattern not complete, a bit more time is needed (but soon)
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USD/CAD Technical Outlook: Bounce to Give-way to More Selling

The last time I wrote about USD/CAD it was up against a major level, 12950 – it extends over from 2019 and had been validated as a meaningful level on numerous occasions. The mid-December test further validated its meaning.

But it doesn’t look like it will be tested again any time in the very near future as a bearish formation develops by way of a head-and-shoulders pattern. The pattern has yet to fully mature with a right shoulder, but could do-so soon.

The October trend-line was broken and seen as having already, or perhaps with one more push higher, capping strength. A turn lower and break of the neckline and 12606 is seen as validating the bearish head-and-shoulders pattern.

Given the height of the pattern the projected move could take USD/CAD back to the October low under 12300. But before getting to that point the June trend-line and gradually rising 200-day moving average (currently at 12496) would be considered a solid form of support to watch.

On the flip-side, should we see price stay above the neckline and recent lows down to 12606, then the outlook will remain neutral with only a very short-term negative bias. The key is for the H&S pattern to break for sellers to truly gain the upper hand.

USD/CAD Daily Chart

usd/cad daily chart

USD/CAD Chart by TradingView

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---Written by Paul Robinson, Market Analyst

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