USD/CAD: Mecca of G10 volatility?

As U.S. traders groggily filter into their desks after a long holiday weekend of sun and barbecue, the market is still digesting last week’s action-packed economic calendar.

Though the ECB’s monetary policy statement and press conference brought few surprises, the U.S. jobs report blew the doors off expectations with a stellar 288k reading and 0.2% drop in the unemployment rate (to 6.1%). Looking ahead to this week, markets may be a bit more subdued, though the economic calendar and recent price action may present some trading opportunities in the Canadian dollar (CME:D6U14).

With no meaningful U.S. data scheduled, the Canadian Building Permits (12:30 GMT) and Ivey PMI (14:00 GMT) reports will take center stage in today’s U.S. session. Both reports came in below expectations last month, so it may take a clear improvement for Canadian bulls to drive the loonie to new heights.

Later this week, USD/CAD traders will get new insight into U.S. JOLTS Job Openings (Tuesday), Canadian Housing Starts and the FOMC Minutes (Wednesday), Canadian New Home Prices and Unemployment Claims (Thursday), and finally the Canadian Employment report, which will try to match the strength seen in its southern neighbor last week.

Technical View: USD/CAD

Beyond being aware of the upcoming fundamental data this week, traders should be careful not to lose sight of the longer-term technical picture for the USD/CAD. Looking first to the weekly chart, the pair is testing a 2-year bullish trend line off its September 2012 low at .9632, as well as the 38.2% retracement of this trend.


This converging support area could lead to a bounce this week, especially if Canadian data generally misses expectations. That said, the weekly RSI broke below its corresponding trend line long ago, and if price follows the indicator lower, a quick move down to the 50% Fibonacci retracement at 1.0455 may be seen next.

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