USD/CAD Broke Key Support, Recovery Could Be Capped

Key Highlights

  • The US Dollar declined heavily below the 1.3400 support area against the Canadian Dollar.
  • USD/CAD is likely to face resistance near the 1.3330 and 1.3350 levels.
  • The US PPI in May 2019 increased 1.8% (YoY), less than the +2.0% forecast.
  • The US CPI in May 2019 could increase 0.1% (MoM), less than the last +0.3%.

USDCAD Technical Analysis

In the past few days, the US Dollar struggled against the Canadian Dollar and declined sharply from well above 1.3500. The USD/CAD pair broke the key 1.3440 and 1.3400 support levels to move into a bearish zone.

USDCAD Technical Analysis US Dollar Canadian Dollar

Looking at the 4-hours chart, the pair gained bearish momentum below the 1.3350 level and the 100 simple moving average (red, 4-hours). The pair even broke the 1.3300 support and settled well below the 200 simple moving average (green, 4-hours).

A new monthly low was formed near 1.3239 and recently the pair corrected higher. It cleared the 1.3280 level plus the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last downward move from the 1.3430 high to 1.3239 low.

On the upside, there are many resistances near the 1.3320, 1.3330 and 1.3350 levels. There is also a major bearish trend line in place with resistance near 1.3350 on the same chart.

Moreover, the 50% Fib retracement level of the last downward move from the 1.3430 high to 1.3239 low is likely to prevent gains near 1.3334.

Fundamentally, the US PPI report for May 2019 was released by the Bureau of Labor statistics, Department of Labor. The market was looking for a 2.0% rise in the PPI compared with the same month a year ago.

However, the actual result was disappointing as the PPI increased 1.8% (YoY). Looking at the Producer Price Index ex Food & energy, there was a 2.3% rise, similar to the forecast.

The report stated that:

Final demand services: Prices for final demand services moved up 0.3 percent in May, the fourth consecutive increase. Most of the May advance can be traced to the index for final demand services less trade, transportation, and warehousing, which rose 0.5 percent.

Overall, USD/CAD remains in a downtrend as long as it is below the 1.3350 resistance. On the downside, an initial support is at 1.3250, below which there is a risk of a drop to 1.3200.

Economic Releases to Watch Today

  • US Consumer Price Index May 2019 (MoM) – Forecast +0.1%, versus +0.3% previous.
  • US Consumer Price Index May 2019 (YoY) – Forecast +1.9%, versus +2.0% previous.
  • US Consumer Price Index Ex Food & Energy May 2019 (YoY) – Forecast +2.1%, versus +2.1% previous.


Aayush Jindal

Aayush is a Senior Forex, Cryptocurrencies and Financial Market Strategist with a background in IT and financial markets. He specialises in market strategies and technical analysis, and has spent over a decade as a financial markets contributor and observer. He possesses strong technical analytical skills and is well known for his entertaining and informative analysis of the currency, commodities, Bitcoin and Ethereum markets.

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