In Canada the central bank’s focus is on employment and the recent figures don’t encourage the Bank of Canada to raise rates even though the inflation figures have lately been positive. The employment change reported last Friday was -10.7K instead of positive expectation of 5.3K. This compares quite badly to the same period a year earlier with employment increasing by 146K. On the southern side of Canada’s border the US employment figures are developing above expectations. Non-Farm Payrolls increased by 321.000 instead of 231.000 jobs expected by analysts and the average hourly earnings came in last Friday at 0.4% instead of 0.2% expectations. At the same time the analysts are expecting the Fed to drop their “low rates for considerable time” language soon. It is expected that the Fed will raise rates in six months’ time should this happen. The Bank of Canada’s governor Poloz speaks this Thursday (11th December). He is known to be dovish and the markets are expecting that after the last Friday’s employment figures he will continue with dovish statements. All this is likely to support USDCAD which is still trending higher.
The market has been trending higher since June and the pair has pushed through a pivot high that was accompanied with a very long term 50% Fibonacci level (calculated from March 2009 peak to July 2011 low). USDCAD is now approaching levels of a weekly pivot from July 2009 (61.8% Fibonacci retracement level at 1.1674 coincides with this pivot). In terms of nearest support and resistance levels, the proximity of the low of the pivot at 1.1544 is likely to cause some resistance while the peak from March this year (at 1.1278) is a major support.
The pair is trending steadily in a channel with a recent breakout from a triangle formation. The width of this formation points to the weekly resistance level of 1.1544 and suggests that we need to pay attention to price action at this resistance area. It could be a good target level for short term trades after the pair pulls back a bit. Stochastics Oscillator is getting to the overbought territory suggesting that the price move is nearing levels that we should not consider as entry levels for long trades. Rather it would make sense to buy retracements back to support levels. Pull backs close to the weekly support of 1.1278 should be monitored closely for momentum reversal signals in smaller time frame charts. The 23.6% and 38.2% Fibonacci retracement levels coincide with two other technical levels. The 23.6% retracement is roughly at level with the two recent peaks when considered on closing basis (focusing on daily closing prices rather than the high values) while the 38.2% Fibonacci level coincides with a pivot in a four hour chart.
USDCAD, 240 min
If the momentum stays strong the market can find support at higher levels (closer to the current price). However, should we get moves to the lower levels such as 1.1278 it the risk of further corrections after our entries would be smaller. We should obviously feel therefore more confident deeper pull backs closer to the major support level at 1.1278.
USDCAD is in an uptrend but approaching a higher time frame historical resistance area that has potential to cause this market to correct closer to the lower end of the up trending channel. We are looking for long opportunities at the levels identified in different timeframes. The fundamentals favour this trade idea with the US economy being stronger than the Canadian. Look for corrections to the support levels and then intraday momentum reversal signals before entering long trades.
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Chief Market Analyst