USD/CAD to test 1.20 before 1.30 – Westpac

Call for USD/CAD at 1.20 before 1.30 on a six month horizon under some threat but very stiff technical resistance at 1.2920 should slow the move (USD/CAD strength into this level was repeatedly stymied late last year), suggests Richard Franulovich, Research Analyst at Westpac.

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“CAD remains inexplicably the weakest G10 vs the USD year to date. NAFTA renegotiation repeatedly cited as a risk but that doesn’t gel with MXN holding its own among the top 3 performing majors vs the USD YTD.”

“The underlying growth picture remains solid. Weaker data of late can be ignored – soft Dec retail sales reflects payback for Iphone/Black Friday induced Nov strength, while the outsized 88k decline in employment follows a record setting 17 consecutive months of gains.”

“Firming wage/inflation pressures and a solid US picture should see BoC at least match expectations in 2018 for two hikes, supporting CAD.”

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