- USD/CAD closed the previous week with small losses.
- WTI touched its highest level since October 2018 near $68.
- Rising US Treasury bond yields help USD preserve its strength.
Despite the broad-based USD strength, the USD/CAD pair closed the previous week in the negative territory as surging crude oil prices helped the commodity-related CAD stay resilient against the greenback. On Monday, the pair started to edge higher on the back of broad USD strength and was last seen gaining 0.25% on the day at 1.2690.
Oil rally loses stream
Last week, the OPEC+ decided to keep its oil output steady through April and provided a boost to crude oil prices. The barrel of West Texas Intermediate touched its highest level since October 2018 at $67.94 on Monday. However, with WTI losing its bullish momentum and turning flat on the day near $66.20, the USD’s market valuation started to impact USD/CAD’s movements.
Supported by rising US Treasury bond yields, the US Dollar Index is up 0.3% on the day at 92.25. In the meantime, Wall Street’s main indexes remain on track to start the day lower with the S&P 500 Futures falling more than 0.5% ahead of the opening bell. If safe-haven flows take control of financial markets in the second half of the day, the greenback could gather further strength and help USD/CAD climb above 1.2700.
The only data featured in the US economic docket on Monday will be January Wholesale Inventories, which is likely to be ignored by market participants.
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