USD/CAD bulls attack 1.3470 hurdle as Oil price retreats, BoC contradicts Fed

USD/CAD remains on the front foot for the second consecutive day, extending the previous day’s rebound from the weekly low to refresh the intraday top near 1.3455 during early Thursday. In doing so, the Loonie pair justifies the divergence between the monetary policy outlook at the Bank of Canada (BoC) and the US Federal Reserve (Fed). Also fuelling the quote could be the latest weakness in the Oil price, Canada’s key exports, and the mixed sentiment.

On Wednesday, the BoC released its monetary policy meeting minutes for the first time and highlighted the growing discussions among the policymakers to pause the rate hikes. On the same line, BoC Governor Tiff Macklemd asked for time to gauge how households and businesses adapt to higher rates before further moves. The policymaker also said, “Rate hikes have hit homeowners hard.”

Elsewhere, Fed Governor Christopher Waller teased a long fight with a 2.0% inflation target by citing expectations of tighter monetary policy for longer than expected. New York Federal Reserve President John Williams was almost on the same line while saying that the labor market is still very strong and noted that they have more work to do on rates; adding data will determine the path of rate hikes. Fed Governor Lisa Cook said that the central bank remains focused on restoring price stability, as inflation is still running too high. She added that they would need a restrictive monetary policy for some time.

It’s worth noting that the US diplomats also highlighted concerns that defend the higher Fed rates and fuel the USD/CAD price. US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen mentioned, “While inflation remained elevated, there were encouraging signs that supply-demand mismatches were easing in many sectors of the economy.” Elsewhere, US President Joe Biden said during a PBS interview that there will be no US recession in 2023 or 2024.

On a different page, easing fears surrounding the US and China joins the firmer US Dollar Index (DXY) to weigh on the Oil prices, down 0.05% around $78.50 by the press time, which in turn allows the USD/CAD buyers to keep the reins.

No significant data/events are there for publishing on the calendar; hence, the central bankers’ comments and other risk catalysts will be critical for the USD/CAD pair traders to watch for clear directions.

Technical analysis

USD/CAD pair’s successful trading beyond the convergence of the 50-SMA and a weekly ascending trend line near 1.3370 keeps buyers hopeful of overcoming the immediate resistance line stretched from January 19 surrounding 1.3470.

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