USD/CAD struggles to capitalize on a modest bullish gap opening on Monday. An uptick in crude oil prices underpins the Loonie and acts as a headwind. A combination of factors continues to benefit the USD and lends support. The USD/CAD pair fills the modest bullish gap opening on Monday and retreats to the 1.3400 mark during the early part of the European session. Crude oil prices edge higher and recover a part of Friday's slide to over a one-month low, which, in turn, is seen underpinning the commodity-linked Loonie and acting as a headwind for the USD/CAD pair. The downside, however, remains cushioned amid strong follow-through US Dollar buying interest.
In fact, the USD Index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of currencies, builds on Friday's solid recovery from a nine-month low and continues to draw support from a combination of factors. The upbeat US jobs data could allow the Fed to stick to its hawkish stance and keep raising rates.
The expectations push the US Treasury bond yields higher, which, along with the risk-off environment, is seen benefitting the safe-haven greenback. This, in turn, suggests that the path of least resistance for the USD/CAD pair is to the upside and any meaningful slide is likely to get bought into. There isn't any major market-moving economic data due for release from the US on Monday, leaving the USD at the mercy of the US bond yields and the broader market risk sentiment. Apart from this, traders will take cues from oil price dynamics to grab short-term opportunities around the USD/CAD pair.