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USD/CAD Amid Economic and Technical Influences

22 November 2023 Written by Sandro Pontedra  Finance Industry Expert Sandro Pontedra

The USD/CAD pair has seen a renewed uptick on Wednesday, managing to sustain gains above the critical 1.3700 threshold during the European session's first half. This movement is influenced by several factors, including economic data and technical indicators. The Canadian Dollar (CAD) is experiencing pressure following the release of softer domestic consumer inflation figures on Tuesday. These weaker-than-expected inflation numbers have diminished expectations for further interest rate hikes by the Bank of Canada (BoC), thereby weighing on the CAD's strength. Concurrently, the US Dollar (USD) is finding support from a recovery, fueled by the previous day's hawkish FOMC minutes.

This recovery marks a notable shift from its lowest levels since August 31. Additionally, subdued movements in Crude Oil prices are failing to provide substantial support to the commodity-linked CAD.

Technical Analysis and Key Levels

From a technical standpoint, the USD/CAD pair is showing resilience below the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of the September-November rally. It finds support near a two-month-old ascending trend line, coinciding with the 50-day Simple Moving Average (SMA), around the 1.3670-1.3665 region. This area is emerging as a pivotal point, likely to influence the pair's short-term trajectory.

On the downside, if the pair convincingly breaks below the 50-day SMA, it could trigger a bearish response, potentially leading to further declines below the 50% Fibonacci level near 1.3640-1.3635. This bearish momentum might extend towards the 1.3600 benchmark, heading down to the 1.3580-1.3575 zone, aligning with the 61.8% Fibonacci level.

Conversely, a move upward would face resistance near the weekly high around 1.3750, followed by the 1.3775 region, corresponding to the 23.6% Fibonacci level. A sustained climb above these points would negate near-term bearish prospects, allowing the USD/CAD pair to aim for the 1.3800 mark and potentially extend gains towards the 1.3835-1.3840 supply zone, ultimately targeting the year-to-date peak near 1.3900.

Navigating the Interplay of Economic Data and Technical Indicators

The USD/CAD pair's near-term direction appears contingent on a blend of economic developments and technical setups. The softer Canadian CPI data, coupled with the Fed's hawkish stance, plays a significant role in driving the pair. Meanwhile, technical indicators and key Fibonacci levels offer insights into potential resistance and support zones, delineating possible paths for the pair. Investors and traders should closely monitor these elements, alongside evolving market sentiments and economic announcements, to strategize their positions effectively.

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