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  • Latest headlines on the U.S. – China trade conflict weighs on crude oil prices.
  • WTI eases from 2019 highs.
  • US Dollar Index recovers toward the 97 mark.

The USD/CAD pair gained traction in the last hour as the commodity-related loonie came under selling pressure amid falling crude oil prices. As of writing, the pair was trading 1.3330, adding 0.2% on a daily basis.

Citing three people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg on Thursday reported that the U.S. was planning to postpone the meeting between Chinese President Xi and Trump to end of April, hurting the market sentiment and weighing on crude oil prices. At the moment, the barrel of West Texas Intermediate, which touched its highest level since November at $58.65, is now trading at $58, losing 0.5% on a daily basis.

Moreover, the bearish pressure surrounding European major currencies boosted the demand for greenback on Thursday to support the pair’s daily advance. Additionally, the 10-year T-bond yield is gaining nearly 1% on the day to help the US Dollar Index push higher in the session. Ahead of the weekly jobless claims and the import/export price index data from the U.S., the DXY is up 0.35% on the day at 96.80.

Technical levels


       Daily SMA20:  1.3276
       Daily SMA50:  1.3267
       Daily SMA100:  1.3297
       Daily SMA200:  1.3183
       Previous Daily High:  1.337
       Previous Daily Low:  1.329
       Previous Weekly High:  1.3469
       Previous Weekly Low:  1.3275
       Previous Monthly High:  1.3341
       Previous Monthly Low:  1.3069
       Daily Fibonacci 38.2%:  1.3321
       Daily Fibonacci 61.8%:  1.3339
       Daily Pivot Point S1:  1.3271
       Daily Pivot Point S2:  1.3241
       Daily Pivot Point S3:  1.3192
       Daily Pivot Point R1:  1.335
       Daily Pivot Point R2:  1.3399
       Daily Pivot Point R3:  1.3429