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USD/CAD posted sharp gains for a second straight week, gaining  220  points. The  pair touched above the key 1.40 line and closed the week at 1.3955, its highest level since May 2004. This week’s key events  are GDP and  Core Retail Sales. Here is an outlook on the major market-movers and an updated technical analysis for USD/CAD.

After months of intense speculation,  the  Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.25 percent. The historic rate hike was not dovish as this small hike is  just the start, with  plans for additional hikes in 2016. Weak Canadian inflation numbers, and falling oil prices added to the woes of the Canadian dollar, as consumer inflation reports posted declines.

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USD/CAD daily chart with support and resistance lines on it. Click to enlarge:

USDCAD Daily Chart Dec. 21-Dec. 25


  1. Core Retail  Sales: Wednesday, 13:30. This indicator excludes automobile sales, which tend to be very  volatile and  distort the underlying trend. The indicator has  not posted a  gain since June, and  came in at -0.5%  in  September, shy of the forecast of -0.3%.
  2. GDP: Wednesday, 13:30. This key event is released monthly, and an unexpected reading could quickly affect the direction of USD/CAD.  GDP looked dismal in September, contracting by 0.5%. The markets  had expected a gain of 0.1%. Will  we  see an improvement in October?
  3. Retail Sales: Wednesday, 13:30. This is the primary gauge of consumer spending. The indicator disappointed in October, with a reading of -0.5%, well off the forecast of +0.1%. It marked the indicator’s weakest reading in five months.

* All times are GMT

USD/CAD Technical Analysis

USD/CAD opened the week at 1.3737  and quickly touched a low of 1.3672. The pair  then reversed directions, surging to a high of 1.4001, as resistance held firm at 1.4003 (discussed last week). USD/CAD closed the week at 1.3955.

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Technical lines, from top to bottom

We start with resistance at 1.4310.

141.57 was an important cushion in April 2003.

1.4003 follows, just above the psychologically important 1.40 level. It was under strong pressure last week as USD/CAD posted sharp gains.

The round number of 1.39 has  switched to a support line. It is a weak line.

1.3759 was easily breached last week and has reverted to a support role.

1.3587 was a cap in March 2004.

1.3435 has held firm since early December. It is the final support line for now.

I am bullish on USD/CAD

The Canadian dollar has plummeted in the past two weeks, losing some 550 points against its US counterpart. The Fed rate hike has sharpened monetary divergence and marks a vote of confidence in the US economy, which should further bolster the US  dollar.

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