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The  Canadian dollar  continued making gains against the greenback getting closer to parity. Will it reconquer it now? The interest rate decision and retail sales are the highlights of this week. Here’s an  outlook  for the Canadian events and an updated technical analysis for USD/CAD.

Inflation is on the rise in Canada, and this lowers the chances of a rate cut. But not all the figures are positive. Last week disappointing figures for the Canadian market with an unexpected decline to 7.92 billion in Foreign securities purchases after 12.13 billion in the preceding month, a negative reading of 0.1% in the leading index, contrary to the 0.2% gain predicted, and a smaller than expected increase of 0.2% in Wholesale sales.

USD/CAD  daily chart with support and resistance lines on it. Click to enlarge:USD/CAD Chart October 24 28 2011

  1. Retail sales: Tuesday, 12:30. Canadian retail sales dropped more than predicted in July down 0.6%, with vehicle and auto-parts dealers accounting for most of the decline, Statistics Canada said Thursday. Economists expected sales to drop 0.3% in July. The main factor for this drop was a slide of 3.5% in car sales. Meanwhile Core sales remained flat while analysts predicted 0.2% rise. Retail sales are predicted to rise by 0.5% while Core sales is expected to increase by 0.4%.
  2. Rate decision: Tuesday, 14:00. Bank of Canada held Canada’s benchmark interest rate at 1.0% on September amid global economic hardships which affectedCanada’s growth in the second quarter. No change is expected this time.
  3. BOC Monetary Policy Report: Wednesday, 13:30. The Bank of Canada last Monetary Policy Report increased it inflation forecast expecting growth to pick up modestly in the next quarters and did not refer to the Euro-Zone debt crisis as a risk.

*All times are GMT.

USD/CAD  Technical  Analysis

Dollar/CAD began the week with an initial dip under the 1.0080 line (mentioned last week), but recovered quickly and peaked at 1.0263. It then traded quite choppily and eventually managed to close below 1.0080, opening the road to parity.

Technical lines, from top to bottom:

We start from a lower point this week: the  multiple and strong resistance line at 1.0677, last seen in August 2010. The pair got close to this level in October 2011 as well. 1.0550 provides minor resistance after temporarily capping the pair recently.

1.0500 is a minor resistance line. It was a  pivotal around the same time and was a  point  of resistance before the pair fell. 1.0360 capped the pair in September and October and also provided support.

1.0263 is the peak of recent surges during October and is strong resistance now. The round 1.02 line capped the pair at the end of 2010 and was the low of 2009. It is now only a minor line.

1.0080 now becomes of high importance after switching positions. It was pivotal at the end of 2010.  The very round number of USD/CAD parity is a clear line of course, and it will be closely watched on a potential downfall.

Under parity,  0.9915 was a peak back in June and is now minor support, after being run through recently. 0.9780, where the current run began is the next and important support line.

Below, 0.9667 is of importance, followed by 0.9525.

I remain bearish on USD/CAD.

The chances of a rate cut were significantly cut with the strong inflation numbers. Add the positive job figures seen earlier and the improvement in the US economy on which Canada is dependent, and you get a challenge on USD/CAD parity.

Also the recent rise in oil prices helps the loonie.

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