USD/CAD: Bullish bias above 0.99
USD/CAD is consolidating as markets are waiting for 15:00 GMT Bank of Canada interest rate decision and Monetary Policy Report: Central bank expected to stand pat on its policy rate at 1.00%. USD/CAD is undermined by unexpected 0.2% rise in Canada November retail sales (vs. forecast for no change); positive investor risk sentiment; buoyant commodity and oil prices (Nymex crude settled up 68 cents Tuesday at $ 96.24/bbl); sovereign demand for CAD. But USD/CAD downside is limited by CAD sales on retreating CAD/JPY cross as market participants take profit on yen-shorts. Daily chart is still positive-biased as MACD and stochastic are bullish; five-day moving average is above 15-day MA and rising.
Buy above 0.99 with targets at 0.9945 and 0.9975 in extension.
R1 – 0.9946 (Tuesday’s high, matching Friday’s high)
R2 – 0.9976-0.9981 (Dec. 31 reaction high — 200-day moving average)
R3 – 0.9991 (Nov. 20 high)
Sell below 0.99. Below 0.99 look for further downside with 0.99 and 0.985 as targets.
S1 – 0.99 (Tuesday’s low)
S2 – 0.9849 (Friday’s low)
S3 – 0.9811 (Jan. 11 near-three-month low)
A support base at 0.99 has formed and has allowed for a temporary stabilization.
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