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USD/CAD  showed little change over the week  for a second straight week,  as the pair closed  at 1.3225. This week’s highlight is Retail Sales. Here is an outlook on the major market-movers and an updated technical analysis for USD/CAD.

In the US,  the Federal Reserve kept the markets guessing till the very last minute, but in the end refrained from raising rates. US unemployment claims were  better than expected,  but  the  Philly Manufacturing Index  posted a sharp decline, well below expectations. In  Canada, Manufacturing Sales looked sharp, posting a 4-month gain.

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USD/CAD daily chart with support and resistance lines on it.

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  1. Wholesale  Sales:  Monday, 12:30. This week kicks off with Wholesale Sales, a leading indicator of consumer spending. The indicator bounced back in June with a strong gain of 1.3%, beating the estimate of 1.0%. The markets are expecting a soft reading  for July, with a forecast of 0.3%.
  2. BOC Governor Stephen Poloz Speaks:  Monday, 18:45. Poloz will speak at an event in Calgary. Analysts will be listening closely for hints regarding interest rate policy.
  3. Core Retail Sales:  Wednesday, 12:30. Core Retail Sales is one of the most important economic indicators, and an unexpected reading can have a strong impact on the movement of USD/CAD. The indicator showed little change  in June, posting a respectable gain of 0.8%. Will we see another strong release in July?
  4. Retail Sales:  Wednesday, 12:30. Retail Sales is the primary gauge of consumer spending, and includes volatile items which are excluded from Core Retail Sales. The indicator softened to 0.6% in June, down from 1.0% a month earlier. Still, this was stronger than the estimate of 0.2%.

* All times are GMT.

USD/CAD Technical Analysis

USD/CAD opened the week at 1.3245 and  quickly  climbed to a high  of 1.3280. The  pair  showed some strong movement late in the week, dropping to a low of 1.3010. USD/CAD closed the week at  1.3225, just above support at 1.3213 (discussed last week).

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Technical lines, from top to bottom

We  begin with resistance at 1.3759.

1.3587 was a cap in March 2004.

1.3443 is the next line of resistance.

1.3346 has held firm since August 2004.

1.3213 was an important cap in early August.

1.3165 continues to be active. It  was tested  during the week and remains  an immediate support line.

1.3063  continues to  protect the  symbolic line of 1.30. It was tested late in the week as the Canadian dollar flexed some muscle before retracting.

1.2930 has held firm since late July.

1.2798 is the final support line for now.

I am  bullish on USD/CAD

The Fed balked yet again and didn’t hike rates, but the Canadian dollar couldn’t take advantage of the market disappointment. Canada will release key consumer spending numbers this week; if the numbers do not impress, we could see the loonie lose ground.

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