The USD CAD reached the first objective signaled by its daily closing price reversal bottom formed on September 14 at .9633. Typically, this chart pattern signals a minimum 2 to 3 day rally equal to at least 50% of the last range. Based on the August 23 top at .9948 to the September 14 bottom at .9633, the first objective of this reversal bottom was .9790, followed by .9828. Overnight the Forex pair reached a high of .9811 which fell inside the retracement zone. Since the main trend is down on the daily chart, traders were likely waiting inside this zone to refresh their short positions.
In addition to the retracement zone, a downtrending Gann angle at .9821 proved to be an important resistance factor. Early in the trading session, the USD CAD crossed to the bullish side of a steep uptrending Gann angle at .9793 but quickly fell back under it after meeting resistance. If the selling pressure continues, traders can expect a break back into the 50% retracement level created by the .9633 to .9811 range at .9722. In addition, uptrending Gann angle support comes in at .9713, creating a possible downside target and support cluster at .9722 to .9713.
Fundamentally, after rallying to a 13-month high, the Canadian Dollar appears to be running out of steam against the U.S. Dollar. Some traders feel that the last leg of the break was triggered by expectations of additional stimulus from the Federal Reserve rather than from solid economic news. A large part of the rally also came from speculation that the European Central Bank would also provide additional stimulus.
While international capital flows may have also contributed to the Canadian Dollar rally, bearish traders cite the country’s record trade deficit, falling manufacturing sales and a weak housing market as warnings that the currency may be overbought.
With the first part of the bottoming process out of the way, a test of the recent bottom at .9633 is likely. If the USD CAD can survive this test then it could form a secondary higher bottom. This would be a strong sign that the market is getting ready to rally even further.
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