USD/CAD Eyes Larger Recovery Above 1.3160, BoC Next

Key Highlights

  • The US Dollar declined to 1.3037 and recently corrected higher against the Canadian Dollar.
  • USD/CAD traded above a bearish trend line with resistance near 1.3080 on the 4-hours chart.
  • The NFIB Business Optimism Index declined from 105.0 to 103.3 in June 2019.
  • The Bank of Canada is likely to keep interest rates at 1.75% in today’s rate decision.

USDCAD Technical Analysis

After a downside break below 1.3200, the US Dollar declined heavily against the Canadian Dollar. The USD/CAD pair even broke the 1.3160 and 1.3100 support levels to move into a bearish zone.

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Looking at the 4-hours chart, the pair settled below the key 1.3160 support plus the 100 simple moving average (red, 4-hours). A new multi-month low was formed near 1.3037 and the pair recently started an upside correction.

It broke the 1.3050 resistance area and the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the 1.3229 high to 1.3037 low. Moreover, the pair traded above a bearish trend line with resistance near 1.3080 on the same chart.

Finally, the pair surpassed the 1.3100 resistance and tested the 50% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the 1.3229 high to 1.3037 low.

On the upside, there is a strong resistance waiting near the 1.3160 level and the 100 simple moving average (red, 4-hours). A convincing close above 1.3160 and follow through above the 100 SMA could start a larger recovery towards the 1.3200 and 1.3240 levels.

Conversely, if USD/CAD fails to climb above the 1.3160 resistance, it could slide back towards the 1.3080 or 1.3050 support. Any further losses might open the doors for a test of the 1.3000 handle.

Today, there are two important events lined up – BoC Interest rate decision and FOMC meeting minutes. Both are high risk events and are likely to spark swing moves in EUR/USD, GBP/USD, AUD/USD, USD/JPY, gold price, oil price, USD/CAD and NZD/USD.

Economic Releases to Watch Today

  • UK Industrial Production for May 2019 (MoM) – Forecast +1.1%, versus -1.0% previous.
  • UK Manufacturing Production for May 2019 (MoM) – Forecast +2.1%, versus -3.9% previous.
  • UK Trade Balance non-EU for May 2019 – Forecast £-4.7000B, versus £-4.595B previous.
  • BoC Interest Rate Decision – Forecast 1.75%, versus 1.75% previous.
  • FOMC Meeting Minutes.


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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