USD/CAD sticks to mild gains above 1.3200 as Oil drops towards $81.00, focus on US/Canada PMI

  • USD/CAD stays firmer while paring the biggest daily loss in two weeks.
  • Oil price retreats amid firmer US Dollar, fears about China.
  • Cautious mood ahead of top-tier activity data from US, Canada also propel Loonie pair.
  • Friday’s US/Canada employment figures are the key to clear directions.

USD/CAD bulls keep the reins around 1.3230 as they prod the intraday high heading into Tuesday’s European session amid a firmer US Dollar and a retreat in Canada’s key export item WTI crude oil. In doing so, the Loonie pair consolidates the biggest daily loss in a fortnight ahead of the July activity data from the US and Canada.

That said, the Dollar Index (DXY) clings to mild gains at a three-week high of around 102.00 marked earlier in the day as upbeat Fed talks join firmer US data and downbeat China statistics.

On Monday, Chicago Fed President Austan Goolsbee defends the US central bank’s hawkish moves while Dallas Fed Manufacturing Business Index improves to -20.0 for July from -23.2 prior versus -26.3 expected. Further, Chicago’s PMI rose to 42.8 from 41.5 prior versus 43.0 market forecasts. In doing so, the DXY ignores Friday’s softer prints of US inflation clues and the weekend comments from Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari’s criticism of higher interest rates.

China’s Caixin Manufacturing PMI for July fails to trace its upbeat NBS counterpart while declining to 49.2 for July from 50.5 prior, versus 50.3 market forecasts, marking the lowest level since January.

It’s worth noting that the fears of the US-China tussle, as Beijing restricts drone exports in retaliation to the US tech and trade war tactics by citing the “national security” measures, prod the optimists and allow the US Dollar to remain firmer due to its have appeal.

Elsewhere, WTI crude oil prints the first daily loss in four while retreating from the highest level since April 17, down 0.30% intraday to $81.30 by the press time, amid fears of receding energy demand from China, as well as due to the firmer US Dollar.

Looking ahead, Canada S&P Global Manufacturing PMI for July will join the US ISM Manufacturing PMI for the said month, as well as the US JOLTS Job Openings for June, to direct intraday moves of the USD/CAD pair. Also important will be the weekly crude oil inventory data from the American Petroleum Institute (API).

Technical analysis

USD/CAD extends recovery from a 12-day-old rising support line, close to 1.3180 by the press time, as bulls approach the 50-DMA hurdle of around 1.3295.


Today last price1.3226
Today Daily Change0.0036
Today Daily Change %0.27%
Today daily open1.319
Daily SMA201.3216
Daily SMA501.3299
Daily SMA1001.3418
Daily SMA2001.3461
Previous Daily High1.3262
Previous Daily Low1.3151
Previous Weekly High1.3255
Previous Weekly Low1.3147
Previous Monthly High1.3387
Previous Monthly Low1.3093
Daily Fibonacci 38.2%1.3193
Daily Fibonacci 61.8%1.3219
Daily Pivot Point S11.314
Daily Pivot Point S21.309
Daily Pivot Point S31.303
Daily Pivot Point R11.3251
Daily Pivot Point R21.3311
Daily Pivot Point R31.3361
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