USDCAD in a bearish mode ahead of NFP

USDCAD lost the battle with the 200-day simple moving average (SMA) on Thursday and tumbled to a three-week low of 1.2556 after two days of waiting to cross above the line and the 1.2655 resistance.

The price is currently trading near a familiar constraining zone, which has been frequently limiting upside and downside moves around 1.2565 for more than a year now. Questions, however, are rising about whether it will successfully stage a meaningful rebound at this point as technical signals keep deteriorating. In momentum indicators, the RSI is clearly trending to the downside below its 50 neutral mark and is still some distance above its 30 oversold level. Similarly, the MACD remains negatively charged below its red signal and zero lines, painting a blurry picture for short-term trading too.

If the sell-off intensifies in the coming sessions, the next turning point could develop within the 1.2500 – 1.2465 region, where the tentative ascending trendline drawn from the 1.2006 bottom is also passing through. Should the bears accelerate below 1.2400, the door would open for the key 1.2310 territory.

Alternatively, a bounce on1.2565may see a test around the 200-day SMA at 1.2655, while slightly higher, the 50-day SMA at 1.2700 will be closely watched as well before the focus shifts to the 20-day SMA at 1.2800.

In brief, USDCAD is expected to extend its bearish cycle in the short term, likely bringing the 1.2500 mark next under the spotlight.

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Christina Parthenidou

Christina joined the XM investment research department in May 2017. She holds a master degree in Economics and Business from the Erasmus University Rotterdam with a specialization in International economics. Previously, she earned a bachelor of science in Economics from the University of Cyprus. Apart from foreign exchange markets, her research interests include the impact of International trade on labour markets and product development.

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