Canadian Dollar Talking Points

USD/CAD continues to pullback from a fresh monthly high (1.2605) on the back of US Dollar weakness, and fresh data prints coming out of Canada may keep the exchange rate under pressure as the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is expected to widen for the fourth consecutive month.


USD/CAD Rate Susceptible to Larger Pullback on Strong Canada CPI

USD/CAD appeared to be on track to test the October high (1.2739) as the bear flag formation carried over from last month failed to materialize, and the exchanged rate may continue trade to fresh 2021 highs over the remainder of the year as the Bank of Canada (BoC) insists that “the economy continues to require considerable monetary policy support.

It seems as though the BoC is in no rush to implement higher interest rates as the central bank pledges to “provide the appropriate degree of monetary policy stimulus” after ending its quantitative easing (QE) program in October, but indications of stronger price growth may fuel a larger pullback in USD/CAD as it puts pressure on Governor Tiff Macklem and Co. to deliver a rate hike sooner rather than later.

Image of DailyFX Economic Calendar for Canada

The update to Canada’s CPI may generate a bullish reaction in the Canadian Dollar as the headline reading is anticipated to increase to 4.7% from 4.4% in September, which would mark the highest reading since 1991.

As a result, USD/CAD may continue to pullback from the monthly high (1.2605) as it carves a series of lower highs and lows, but further decline in the exchange rate may continue to alleviate the tilt in retail sentiment like the behavior seen earlier this year.

Image of IG Client Sentiment for USD/CAD rate

The IG Client Sentiment report shows 63.80% of traders are currently net-long USD/CAD, with the ratio of traders long to short standing at 1.76 to 1.

The number of traders net-long is 11.26% higher than yesterday and 25.95% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 2.65% higher than yesterday and 4.31% higher from last week. The decline net-long interest has helped to alleviate the tilt in retail sentiment as 70.26% of traders were net-long USD/CAD last week, while the rise in net-short position comes as the exchange rate continue to pullback from the monthly high (1.2605).

With that said, USD/CAD may trade continue trade to fresh 2021 highs over the remainder of the year as the bear flag formation unravels, but the update to Canada’s CPI may fuel a larger pullback in the exchange rate if it puts pressure on the BoC to implement higher interest rates.

USD/CAD Rate Daily Chart

Image of USD/CAD rate daily chart

Source: Trading View

  • Keep in mind, USD/CAD cleared the January high (1.2881) in August as an inverse head-and-shoulders formation took shape, with the development indicating a shift in the broader trend as the 50-Day SMA (1.2534) established a positive slope.
  • However, the moving average has negated the upward trend as USD/CAD failed to take out the August high (1.2949), with the exchange rate slipping below the July low (1.2303) in October as the Relative Strength Index (RSI) dipped below 30.
  • In turn, a bear flag formation emerged as USD/CAD struggled to trade back above the 200-Day SMA (1.2469), but the continuation pattern failed to materialize as the exchange rate broke above the 1.2510 (78.6% retracement) region to trade to a fresh monthly high (1.2605).
  • Nevertheless, USD/CAD may trade within a defined range amid the failed attempt to break/close above the Fibonacci overlap around 1.2620 (50% retracement) to 1.2660 (78.6% expansion), with the move below the 1.2510 (78.6% retracement) area bringing the 1.2410 (23.6% expansion) to 1.2440 (23.6% expansion) region back on the radar.
  • Next area of interest comes in around 1.2360 (100% expansion), with a break of the November low (1.2352) opening up the October low (1.2288).

— Written by David Song, Currency Strategist

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