Canadian Dollar Outlook: USD/CAD Price Seeks Breakout Ahead of Canadian GDP

USD/CAD FUNDAMENTAL BACKDROP

The Canadian dollar has been at the mercy of USD dictatorship of recent as the markets continue its hawkish repricing of interest rate guidance for the Federal Reserve. Peak rates for 2023 have now pushed up above 5.4% while money markets forecast no change in the Bank of Canada (BoC)‘s upcoming rate decision. This central bank divergence could weigh negatively on the loonie; however, Fed tightening is very much baked into current pricing and only additional positive US economic data could spur the greenback on even further. Fed officials continue to add to the aggressive monetary policy narrative but this has been the case for some weeks now and markets seem to be reacting lesser to their guidance.

Later today, Canadian GDP (see economic calendar below) is expected to come in lower with the QoQ figure anticipated to be negative. This could heighten recessionary fears in Canada as the first quarter of contractionary growth since Q2 2021. From a US perspective, consumer confidence for February is estimated to come in higher than January and if both sets of data release as expected, the CAD could lose further ground to the USD.

USD/CAD ECONOMIC CALENDAR

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TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

USD/CAD DAILY CHART

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USD/CAD price action stays withing the developing rising wedge chart pattern (black) and testing the 1.3600 psychological level. Considering the falling wedge pattern, I would naturally be looking for a push lower confirmed by a break and candle close below wedge support which could expose the 1.3500 handle once more. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) level is nearing overbought territory which could be in support of an impending downside move.

Key resistance levels:

  • 1.3665
  • 1.3600

Key support levels:

  • 1.3500
  • 50-day SMA (yellow)
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