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   “¢   Builds on a steady recovery move despite a combination of negative forces.
   “¢   Investors seemed reluctant to place aggressive bets ahead of FOMC decision.

The USD/CAD pair lacked any firm directional bias and seesawed between tepid gains/minor losses through the early European session on Tuesday.

The pair struggled to build on its early uptick to a four-day high level of 1.2966, with a combination of negative forces keeping a lid on the steady recovery move from 3-1/2 month lows set last week.  

Despite a strong follow-through upsurge in the US Treasury bond yields, the US Dollar struggled to build on the overnight late recovery bounce and failed to provide any fresh bullish impetus.

Adding to this, the prevalent bullish sentiment around crude oil prices continued underpinning the commodity-linked Loonie and further collaborated towards capping any meaningful up-move.

Traders, however, seemed reluctant to place any aggressive bets ahead of this week’s key event risk – the latest FOMC monetary policy decision, scheduled to be announced on Wednesday.

This coupled with NAFTA uncertainties could possibly the reason behind the pair’s subdued/range-bound price action through the early European session on Tuesday.

Moving ahead, today’s US economic docket, highlighting the release of Conference Board’s consumer confidence index will now be looked upon for some short-term impetus later during the early North-American session.

Technical levels to watch

Any further up-move beyond 1.2970-75 area is likely to get extended towards reclaiming the key 1.30 psychological mark before the pair eventually darts towards 100-day SMA hurdle near mid-1.3000s.

On the flip side, the 1.2930-25 region is likely to protect the immediate downside and is followed by the 1.2900 handle, which if broken is likely to accelerate the fall towards 200-day SMA support near the 1.2865 region.