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Technical Analysis For December 27: USD/CAD

Technical Analysis For December 27: USD/CAD

Preparing for the Bank of Canada meetingWorld oil prices continue to rise. Will the Canadian dollar quotes strengthen? On the USD/CAD chart, this looks like a decline.

Hydrocarbons account for about a quarter of the Canadian exports. Their price growth improves the performance of the Canadian economy and contributes to the strengthening of the national currency. Brent oil price reached $66 per barrel after a report on the explosion of the pipeline in Libya, which supplies the oil terminal Es Sider. Since early 2017, Brent prices have grown by 17%. The Canadian dollar rose by 5.6% against the US dollar for the same period. An additional positive factor for the Canadian dollar may be an increase in the Bank of Canada rate at its regular meeting on January 17, 2018. Inflation for November reached 2.1% in annual terms, while its target level is 2% plus/minus 1%. The same inflation level was observed in January 2017, after which the Bank of Canada hiked the rates twice in July and September. Its current rate is 1%. It is below the US Fed’s rate range of 1.25-1.5%. Significant economic data in Canada will be published from January 2, 2018, when the Manufacturing PMI for December is released. Till the Bank of Canada meeting, there will be quite a lot of data, which may affect the rate decision. Currently, the probability of its growth is estimated at about 60%.

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On the daily timeframe, USD/CAD: D1 switched from the rising to neutral trend. A downward correction is possible in case of the Bank of Canada rate hike.

  • The Parabolic indicator gives a bearish signal.
  • The Bollinger bands® have narrowed, which means lower volatility. They are tilted down.
  • The RSI indicator is below 50. It has formed a negative pergence.
  • The MACD indicator gives a bearish signal.

The bearish momentum may develop in case USD/CAD drops below the two last fractal lows, the lower Bollinger band and the support line of the neutral range at 1.263. This level may serve as an entry point. The initial stop loss may be placed above the last fractal high, the upper Bollinger band, the 200-day moving average line, the resistance line of the neutral range and the Parabolic signal at 1.293. After opening the pending order, we shall move the stop to the next fractal high following the Bollinger and Parabolic signals. Thus, we are changing the potential profit/loss to the breakeven point. More risk-averse traders may switch to the 4-hour chart after the trade and place there a stop loss moving it in the direction of the trade. If the price meets the stop level at 1.293 without reaching the order at 1.263, we recommend cancelling the position: the market sustains internal changes that were not taken into account.

Summary of technical analysisPosition – SellSell stop – below 1,263Stop loss – above 1,293

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