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The Canadian dollar  posted modest gains last week, as USD/CAD  closed the week at 1.3845. This week has three key indicators – Manufacturing Sales, Core CPI and Core Retail Sales. Here is an outlook on the major market-movers and an updated technical analysis for USD/CAD.

In the US, employment numbers bounced back with solid readings, while retail sales reports were soft but met expectations. In Canada, Building Permits posted a strong gain.

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

 USD_CAD Weekly Forecast-Feb-15-19

  1. Manufacturing Sales: Tuesday, 13:30. The indicator posted a gain of 1.0% in November,  after two straight declines. This strong reading easily beat the estimate of 0.5%. Another strong release is expected in December, with an estimate of 0.9%.
  2. Foreign Securities Purchases: Wednesday, 13:30. The indicator dropped to C$2.58 billion in November, well short of the forecast of C$12.10 billion. Will we see a rebound in the December report?
  3. Wholesale Sales: Thursday, 13:30. Wholesale Sales is a leading indicator of consumer spending. In November, the indicator posted an excellent gain of 1.8%, breaking a nasty streak of three straight declines. The  markets are expecting a much softer reading in  December,  with an estimate of  0.1%.
  4. Core CPI: Friday, 13:30. Canadian inflation numbers remain very low, and this key index has posted two straight declines. The markets are expecting better news in  the January report, with an estimate of 0.2%.
  5. Core Retail Sales: Friday, 13:30. Core Retail Sales excludes the most volatile items which comprise Retail Sales. In December, the indicator bounced back with an excellent gain of 1.1%, crushing the estimate of 0.4%. However, the markets are expecting a downturn in the January release, with an estimate of -0.5%.
  6. CPI: Friday, 13:30. CPI has been struggling, posting  three declines in the past  four readings. The December release of -0.5% was the weakest showing since December 2014. The estimate for the January report stands at 0.0.%.
  7. Retail  Sales: Friday, 13:30. Retail Sales is the primary gauge of consumer spending. The indicator posted an  strong gain of 1.7% in December, easily beating the estimate of 0.3%. The markets are braced for a downturn in January, with an estimate of -0.7%.

USD/CAD Technical Analysis

USD/CAD opened the week at 1.3883 and  dropped to a  low  of 1.3784, as support held firm at 1.3757 (discussed last week). The pair then reversed directions and climbed to a high of 1.4016.  USD/CAD softened late in the week and closed at 1.3845.

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Technical lines, from top to bottom

We  begin with resistance at 1.4310, which has held since late January.

1.4159 is the next line of resistance.

1.4019 has strengthened in resistance as the pair trades at lower level.

The round number of 1.39  has switched to a resistance role. It is a weak line and could see further action during the week.

1.3757 was a cap in December.

1.3587 is the next support line.

1.3457 is  the final support level for now.

I am  bullish on USD/CAD

Recent US numbers have been lukewarm, but the markets  continue to speculate  about a March rate hike in the US, a move which would bolster the greenback. Canadian inflation and retail sales reports are expected to be soft, and  unless there are some  positive surprises from these  indicators, the  Canadian dollar could head back towards the 1.40 level.

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