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USD/CAD  was up sharply last week, gaining 160 points. The pair closed the week at 1.3115. There are  only two events on this week’s schedule. Here is an outlook on the major market-movers and an updated technical analysis for USD/CAD.

The Fed meeting minutes were surprisingly hawkish,  putting a June rate hike firmly on the table. The US dollar posted strong gains and pushed the Canadian dollar down sharply. US  employment and housing numbers were solid. In Canada, retail sales and inflation numbers were soft.

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

USDCAD_ Daily Chart May23-27

 

  1. Overnight Rate: Wednesday, 14:30. The BoC has held interest rates at 0.50% since July 2015. The markets are expecting the rate to remain the same, but will be combing through the rate statement, looking for clues regarding the BoC’s future monetary policy.
  2. Corporate Profits: Thursday, 12:30. Corporate Profits have struggled, posting  four declines in the past five quarters. In Q4, the indicator posted a decline of 3.1%. Will we see a rebound in the Q1 report?

USD/CAD Technical Analysis

USD/CAD opened the week at 1.2946 and  touched a high of 1.3161.  The pair then reversed directions and dropped to a low of 1.2836,  a support held firm at  1.2780  (discussed last week).   USD/CAD  closed the week  at 1.3115.

Live chart of USD/CAD: [do action=”tradingviews” pair=”USDCAD” interval=”60″/]

Technical lines, from top to bottom

With USD/CAD posting strong gains last week, we start at higher levels:

1.3638 has held firm since late February.

1.3457 is the next resistance line.

1.3353 has provided resistance since mid-March.

1.3219 was a cap in April.

1.3081 has switched to a support role following strong gains by USD/CAD. It is a weak line.

1.2990 has held firm since mid-April.

The round  number of 1.2900  is next.

1.2780 is the final support level for now.

I am  bullish on USD/CAD

The Fed gave another boost to the dollar last week and anticipation about a June hike will continue to weigh on the struggling loonie. US numbers are stronger than Canada’s, which also favors the greenback.

In our latest podcast we examine the road to a June hike (or not)

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