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The Canadian dollar  had a huge rebound last week, as  USD/CAD  plunged some  460  points. The pair closed at 1.4117. This week’s highlight is GDP. Here is an outlook on the major market-movers and an updated technical analysis for USD/CAD.

In the US, inflation numbers were within expectations,  but Unemployment Claims surged to their highest level in 11 months. The Canadian dollar improved after the BOC surprised the markets by not cutting interest rates, and strong retail sales  also bolstered the currency.  However, inflation numbers remained weak,  as Core  CPI posted a second straight decline.

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

USDCAD_ Daily Chart Jan 25-29..


  1. GDP: Friday, 8:30. GDP is one of the most important economic indicators, and an unexpected reading can have a sharp impact on the movement of USD/CAD. In October, GDP posted a flat gain of 0.0%, shy of the forecast of 0.2%. Will the indicator push into positive territory in November?
  2. RMPI: Friday, 8:30. RMPI measures inflation in the manufacturing sector. The index slipped 4.0% in November, weaker than the estimate of -2.3%.

USD/CAD Technical Analysis

USD/CAD opened the week at 1.4579 and climbed to a high of 1.4690. The pair reversed directions and dropped to a low of 1.4103, breaking below support at 1.4159 (discussed last week).  USD/CAD closed the week at 1.4117.

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Technical lines, from top to bottom

With USD/CAD posting sharp  losses last week, we start at  lower levels:

1.4480 was an important cushion in April 2000.

1.4310 is the next line of  resistance.

1.4159 has switched to a resistance role following sharp losses by the pair.

1.4019 is providing support, just  above the psychologically important 1.40 level.

The round number of 1.39  is next.

1.3757 is the final support level for now.

I am  neutral on USD/CAD

After huge losses in recent weeks,  the Canadian dollar  reversed directions.  Speculation  about a  March rate hike in the US has  dampened  following weak inflation and employment numbers.  Still, the US economy continues to outperform the Canadian  economy, and investors  have not shown much appetite in 2016 for minor currencies like the Canadian dollar.

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