While other brokers such as SEB and SwissQuote recommend clients to look short USD/CAD, UBS has taken a different view noting USD/CAD “remains stuck right in the middle of the recent trading range. We expect the range play to continue. Sell rallies to 1.2570 with stops above 1.2670 and buy on dips to 1.24 with stops below 1.23″.
SwissQuote report to clients that the “USD/CAD has seen a pickup in buying interest near the key support area between 1.2352 and 1.2314. However, the succession of lower highs remains thus far intact. Hourly resistances can
now be found at 1.2566 (02/03/2015 high) and 1.2664. An hourly support lies at 1.2449 (27/02/2015 low).
In the longer term, the technical structure looks like a rounding bottom whose maximum upside potential is given by the strong resistance at 1.3065 (09/03/2009 high). The recent weakness is seen as a medium-term corrective phase. Key supports stand at 1.2314 (22/01/2015 low) and 1.2047 (intraday low)”.
Buy limit 2 units at 1.2363, Obj: Close unit 1 at 1.2646, remaining at 1.2950, Stop: 1.2290
As the markets open in the US on Friday morning, we will get the latest Canadian inflation data reported out of the nation.
Capital Trust Markets reports “the Canadian dollar gained strength during today’s session on the back of better-than-expected wholesale sales data, and markets will be looking for strong inflation figures to reinforce the data and compound the bullish momentum. With this in mind, what’s expected and how can we set up to profit from a release either side of the consensus forecast? Here is what you need to know.
First, what did the wholesale sales data tell us about the Canadian economy? The data – reported at 1.8% growth versus a forecast of 0.7% – comes amid a spate of strong releases this month. Manufacturing sales beat expectations of 2.1% at the end of last week, while unemployment throughout October dipped to 6.5% with employment rising 43.1 K, and building permits reported at the beginning of the month expanding by 12.7% month over month during September. This being said, there are some concerns about deceleration in the house price growth over the last few months, and this is likely to force the bank of Canada to hold interest rates at their current lows so as to avoid jeopardizing any sustainable growth over the coming quarters. With this in mind, what of levels to keep an eye on in the USDCAD? Take a look at the chart below.
As the chart shows, we have seen a certain amount of consolidation in the pair over the past few weeks. However, we could see this consolidation come to an end and the US dollar resume its upside momentum versus its Canadian counterpart, as we approach a combination of key level and 200 SMA support. 1.1266 and 1.1464 are the levels to keep an eye on. Consensus forecasts the upcoming core CPI data (MoM) – the likely headliner – at 0.2% for October. With this in mind, look for anything below to reinforce aforementioned support and validate 1.1464 medium-term to the upside”.
(Source: Capital Trust Markets)