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USDCAD: a Continuation Play on the Loonie

FX:USDCAD   U.S. Dollar/Canadian Dollar
Last week the dollar finally traded in line with fundamentals again, with the Dollar Index             gaining four out of five days. There had been a strong bearish sentiment surrounding the dollar for the last couple of weeks, helped by key data points coming out unfavourably and when a currency is fundamentally bullish , but sentiment-wise bearish , the result is choppy price action. Tuesday excellent US building permits and house starts data came out, showing the largest gains since many years. The FOMC minutes the next day were an anti climax with no relevant information being released and given the run of bad data in the weeks prior to its release; it could almost be viewed as out-dated.

Friday the core inflation numbers for the month and the year came out favourably. Since the FED monitors the core cpi             (due to oil             price volatility) this strengthened the Greenback further. Later that day, Yellen stated she expects the economy to strengthen and reconfirmed a rate hike is likely this year. This language, the overall bullish sentiment around the dollar of last week and the good inflation reading could lead to this bullishness continuing in the coming sessions. The Canadian economy on the other hand is failing to gain traction, oil             prices have not made any gains this month and the latest retail and inflation numbers came out weaker than expected, weighing on their currency. All in all the Loonie gained 285 pips last week and I remain bullish on this pair.

On the technical side, we have a bullish rectangle on the 4H timeframe (80-pip wide) and price broke to its upside Friday afternoon on the back of the strong US core cpi             figures. It also broke above a bearish trend line. This could be an entry pattern for the continuation of the bullish trend that started May 14th, when price reversed smack in the middle of a potential reversal zone (PRZ) consisting of the confluence of I) the lower trend line of a daily bullish parallel channel, II) the 382 retracement of the bullish leg that started July 2014 and III             ) a key structure support level. Regular bullish RSI divergence pointed to underlying strength and the price rallied until it formed the aforementioned bullish rectangle where a period of consolidation gave the oversold RSI some relief.

After price broke out of the rectangle it started a retracement. My assumption is it will eventually retest the break out level, which will serve as support. Going long there (with the SL below the break out level) is a conservative way to enter the bullish trend . The price movement is estimated by measuring the move of the leg prior to entering the consolidation and expanding it in the direction of the breakout. The projected move coincides with a key resistance zone at 1.255. TP1 = the 1.24 handle and TP2 = 1.255. In terms of trade management, when TP1 is hit I would take profit on half of my position and roll my stop loss to breakeven, enjoying a risk free trade towards TP2.

There are 300 pips to be made (if this pair follows the script) and the trade has a reward – risk ratio of 7.5!
You don´t need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows - B. Dylan
Excellent analysis again and a fine combination of fundamentals and technicals. Great job !
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JasperForex PRO Nico.Muselle
2 years ago
Thanks, I appreciate it. Am curious how you see this pair, got a chart? :-)
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Nico.Muselle MOD JasperForex
2 years ago
Unfortunately no chart at this moment, I'm too busy working on a strategy on pure price action to analyse harmonic patterns at this moment.
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antimattero
2 years ago
can u take a look at monthly chart? I know C&H is usually seen in a stock markets, but it's look interesting :) also there was nice double bottom and TOP, I am looking for some harmonic patterns in it as I am observing your nice charts...
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JasperForex PRO antimattero
2 years ago
The cup and handle pattern is not part of my playbook, so I cannot really help you there. But the double bottom is valid: the wick of the second meets at least the candle close of the first, while the candle close of the second does not exceed the wick of the first. In other words, PA tried to make a lower low, but failed. This retest of support with less strength also follows from the regular bullish RSI divergence at the second top.
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Tony1200
2 years ago
Well stated! ... Good luck with this trade!
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JasperForex PRO Tony1200
2 years ago
Thank you, I know you like to trade this pair. Tony = Mister USDCAD :-)
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Gekko.uk
2 years ago
Excellent idea Jasper.
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JasperForex PRO Gekko.uk
2 years ago
Thank you, lets hope the pair follows the script!
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StarProsper
2 years ago
Lovely post. Thank you for your expertise Jasper, you're one of the top traders I follow :)
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JasperForex PRO StarProsper
2 years ago
Thank you for saying so. For me the theme of this week is regained dollar strength. Let´s see if we can make some pips off of this.
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Tony1200 JasperForex
2 years ago
Right on track .. Knocked out TP 1..... Working on 2!!!.....
Great work!
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JasperForex PRO Tony1200
2 years ago
Yes, the dollar has made further gains, lifting the Loonie as a consequence. Lets see how far it can reach! Thanks for responding :-)
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Tony1200 JasperForex
2 years ago
Great work!! Just a question??? How did u come up with your TP2 ??... Just curious cause it seems like theres some support at 1.2478 range??? Not questioning you!!! Just trying to learn!!!!! Thank again!
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JasperForex PRO Tony1200
2 years ago
I estimated the total price movement by measuring the move of the leg leading up to the bullish rectangle and expanding it in the direction of the breakout (as indicated in the chart). This projected leg has a nice confluence the resistance zone at 1.255. Its an ambitious TP2 but it should be risk free after TP1 is hit (with stops rolled to breakeven). I agree there is resistance at 1.2478 as well, so its basically a tradeoff between the probability of a target being hit versus how many pips can be made :-)
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Tony1200 JasperForex
2 years ago
Thank you for explanation!... Your trade has been a huge success... Keep on pipin!!
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JasperForex PRO Tony1200
2 years ago
Thanks and good luck, may the pips be with you!
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moneymaking
2 years ago
Whao Jasper, a perfect trade I would say. Pain free trade. Nice work :)
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JasperForex PRO moneymaking
2 years ago
Thanks, the pair rallied 285 pips after breaking out of the bullish rectangle, I cannot complain :-)
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moneymaking JasperForex
2 years ago
We can definitely call this a high probability trade. These are the type of trades that help to cover up any previous losses and still make us some additional money :)
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JasperForex PRO moneymaking
2 years ago
Last week was my best week of the month of May in terms of equity gain and this trade certainly helped.
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antimattero
2 years ago
well done, sir...
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JasperForex PRO antimattero
2 years ago
Thanks, I wish they were all like this...
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UPDATE: Today TP2 was hit. I had already exited the trade well in profit, but thought I would give this update as a fun fact.
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No_more_Post
a year ago
amazing, chart idea.
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