During Tuesday’s early Asian trading session, the USD/CAD currency pair managed to extend its previous session modest gains and remain well bid around closer to 1.3200 level due to the declines in the crude oil prices, which tend to undermine the commodity-linked currency the Loonie and helps the currency pair to put the fresh bids during the early Asian session.
On the contrary, the broad-based U.S. dollar weakness, triggered by the combination of factors, could be considered one of the key factors that kept the lid on any additional gains in the currency pair. As of writing, the USD/CAD currency pair is currently trading at 1.3190 and consolidating in the range between 1.3148 – 1.3195.
The optimism over the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine/treatment was recently overshadowed by the concerns about the second wave of coronavirus infections, which keep fueling the doubts over the global economic recovery. Besides this, the renewed conflict between the U.S. and China also weighed on the market trading sentiment. It is worth mentioning that Mike Pompeo has stated that ‘We are sanctioning mainland-China and Hong Kong entities and individuals for conduct related to the sanctioned proliferator the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines. He further added that our warning is clear: If you do business with IRISL or its subsidiaries, you will face U.S. sanctions.” This recently exerted downside pressure on the trading sentiment and contributed to the currency pair losses.
Despite this, the broad-based U.S. dollar remained depressed as the investors continue to sell U.S. dollars in the wake of the renewed hopes of additional U.S. fiscal stimulus measures and hopes of a coronavirus vaccine at the end of this year, which tends to undermine the safe-haven U.S. dollar. Elsewhere, the U.S. dollar losses were further bolstered by the doubts over the U.S. economic recovery amid rising coronavirus cases. Thus, the U.S. dollar losses become the key factor that cap further gains in the currency pair. Simultaneously, the U.S. Dollar Index that tracks the greenback against a bucket of other currencies dropped by 0.04% to 93.672.
On the bullish side, the WTI’s weakness restricts the USD/CAD bearish moves as oil is the biggest export-item for Canada. However, the WTI crude oil prices failed to extend its previous day gaining streak and remain depressed on the day mainly due to China’s GDP grew less than expected in the third quarter (Q3), which fueling concerns over the demand for crude oil from the world’s second-largest oil consumer. This, in turn, undermined the sentiment around the crude oil prices. The concerns over the sharp rise in new coronavirus cases, which could trigger renewed lockdown restrictions and damage the global economy’s ongoing recovery, continued challenging the crude oil bulls. Thus, the crude oil prices’ losses undermined the commodity-linked currency the Loonie and contributed to the currency pair gains.
Looking forward, the market traders keeping their eyes on the Housing Starts and Building Permits data. In the meantime, the updates surrounding the fresh Sino-US tussle, as well as the coronavirus (COVID-19), could not lose their importance.
Daily Support and Resistance
Pivot Point 1.3202
The USD/CAD is trading mostly sideways over the 1.3170 level, and recently, it’s trying to a bullish engulfing pattern that may drive upward movement in the market until the 1.3250 level. Conversely, the bearish breakout of 1.3175 level can drive selling bias until 1.3095. Overall, the RSI and MACD are in support of selling bias until the 1.3095 level. Let’s consider taking a buy trade over 1.3170 and selling below the same level today. Good luck!