The USD/CAD weekly forecast is bullish as investors bet on a more aggressive Fed amid positive data from the US.
The pair had a bullish week as American economic data sparked bets on how aggressively the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates.
A US report released on Friday showed an annual increase in export prices of 0.8% as opposed to expectations for a 0.2% decline. According to figures released on Thursday, weekly unemployment benefit claims were lower than expected, while producer prices rose monthly in January. Retail sales figures released on Wednesday showed a considerable increase, while CPI data from Tuesday indicated persistently rising inflation.
There were also hawkish comments from two Fed officials on Thursday and forecasts for three additional Fed rate increases this year from Goldman Sachs and Bank of America.
The daily chart shows USD/CAD in a bullish move as the price trades above the 22-SMA and the RSI above 50. This follows a bounce from 1.3300, a strong support level. The previous move was bearish as the price respected the 22-SMA as resistance, and the RSI stayed below 50. recent USD/CAD price movements have been quite choppy. The price has stayed close to the SMA and the RSI close to the 50-mark. Neither bears nor bulls have committed to pushing the price to extreme levels of overbought or oversold. This is a sign that the price is consolidating on a larger timeframe. Currently, bulls are in control but face the 1.3450-1.3500 resistance zone. A break above this level will likely increase the price to 1.3701. Otherwise, it will retest the 1.3300 support.
USD/CAD was volatile last week following the FOMC meeting, jobs, and PMI data from the US. There was also a GDP report from Canada.
Data released on Tuesday suggested that Canada’s economy likely slowed in December after expanding modestly in November, in line with forecasts.
The US central bank decreased its Wednesday rate hike to a quarter percentage point after a year of bigger rate increases. It disregarded the extensive list of variables driving up prices, such as the pandemic and the Ukraine war. The number of new jobs in the US increased significantly in January, jumping by 517,000, well above the expected 185,000 increase in nonfarm payrolls. The unemployment rate of 3.4% was a more than 53-and-a-half-year low.
The daily chart shows USD/CAD trading at the 22-SMA, a pivotal level. The RSI trades at the 50-level, showing bulls and bears have almost equal momentum. With a strong bullish candle, the price has pushed off the 1.3303 support level. It has, however, paused at the 20-SMA resistance. A break above the SMA in the coming week could mean a bullish takeover. This comes after a bearish move characterized by many pullbacks, with the price sticking close to the 20-SMA. This shows that the bears were not fully committed to the move. If bulls take control, they will have to face the 1.3501 resistance. A break above this level would then lead to 1.3701 resistance. On the other hand, if bulls cannot trade above the 20-SMA, the bearish trend will likely continue.
The sharp fall toward the end of last week could be a sign that the Euro’s four-month-long rally is losing steam.
EUR/USD dropped after US jobs and services data beat expectations, leading to a repricing higher in US rate expectations. Rate futures now indicate the Fed to hike at least two more rate hikes, taking the benchmark to above 5%. Before Friday’s data, the market was expecting the benchmark rate to peak below 5%.
This follows a 25 basis points hike by the US Federal Reserve and a 50 basis points hike by the European Central Bank (ECB) last week. While the Fed acknowledged early signs of disinflation, Chair Powell said the central bank could conduct a few more rate hikes to bring down inflation to its target. The ECB, on the other hand, maintained its hawkish stance. On balance, while ECB wasn’t incrementally hawkish, the Fed wasn’t as dovish as some had expected, weighing on EUR/USD.
On technical charts, EUR/USD had been struggling to extend gains in recent weeks ahead of stiff resistance around 1.0900, including the 89-week moving average and a slightly upward-sloping trendline from 2017,as pointed out a couple of weeks ago. Moreover, a negative momentum divergence on the daily and weekly charts raised the odds of a pause/minor setback in the near term, as highlighted last week.
EUR/USD posted a bearish shooting star pattern on the weekly candlestick charts and is now approaching important support at about 1.0700-1.0750 . EUR/USD hasn’t been able to decisively break below the 200-period moving average suggesting that 1.0700-1.0750 could be tough to break, at least in the first attempt.
However, any break below the support would confirm that the upward pressure had faded, pointing to the possibility of an extended range in the short term. Subsequent support is at the January low of 1.0480. Strong support is on the 200-day moving average (now at about 1.0320). The uptrend since late 2022 is unlikely to reverse while EUR/USD holds above the long-term moving average.
The February preliminary EU inflation data added to the full sweep of hotter than expected inflation prints across Europe after Germany’s hot number yesterday. The core EU CPI number was +5.6% YoY, a full 0.3% above the 5.3% expected and the 5.3% high of the cycle in January. European short rates were already ramping so aggressively into today that even this data point failed to make an additional impact as German 2-year yields, for example, have ramped from below 2.9% at the start of this week to a high just above 3.25% today before support finally came in for bonds.
The sterling had rallied hard recently after a stronger than expected Service PMI and then on the post-Brexit settlement deal over Northern Ireland. EURGBP teased a move back into the lower zone this week, only to have the rug torn out from under sterling by the cavalcade of hot EU inflation prints, but more importantly in yesterday’s case on Bank of England Governor Bailey’s rhetoric. Mr. Bailey is apparently not yet for returning to a more cautious stance after the last meeting’s confident forecast for inflation to return to below 2% by the end of next year. Bailey said “I would caution against suggesting either that we are done with increasing Bank Rate, or that we will inevitably need to do more....nothing is decided.” EURGBP is choppy here and failed to sustain the move above 0.8900 last time and European data is set to get quieter until the March 16 ECB meeting. The next UK CPI print is not up until March 22. The pair has to prove itself beyond the range extremes of 0.8725 to 0.8975 of this year for next steps.
On February 2, the BoE is set to increase its benchmark interest rate by a half-point to 4%, but analysts will watch for signs that this will be the last time the BoE raises rates.
Cable could prove one of the more vulnerable USD pairs next week to USD strength if we see a combination of market complacency yielding to a bit more uncertainty (bad US data could prove bad news for risky assets on the impact on corporate earnings, and supportive of the USD, while stronger than expected US data could support the USD on repricing the forward Fed expectations back higher). Only a very gentle soft-landing scenario would seem able to keep the USD bears in business here. As well, we could see the Bank of England allowing itself to indulge in less hawkish guidance (to reduce their role in adding to the severity of the oncoming recession) after the recent sterling strength and decelerating inflation data.
Investors also expect the Fed to raise interest rates by 25bps next week. Apart from that, they will pay close attention to the nonfarm payrolls showing the state of the US labor market.
The daily chart shows GBP/USD trading near the 1.2401 resistance level. It also trades above the 22-SMA, indicating buyers are in charge. The RSI trades above 50, favoring bullish momentum. On the larger scale, the price is chopping through the 22-SMA, a sign that the price is caught in a sideways move. It is trading between the 1.1905 support and the 1.2401 resistance levels.
EUR/USD Weekly Analysis: US Inflation Rises by Most in 6 Months.
The EUR/USD weekly forecast is bearish as the Fed will likely raise and keep rates high for longer due to the US economy’s resilience. According to Eurostat’s Thursday report, Eurozone inflation was only slightly higher than initially anticipated in January. This confirms that price growth has long since passed its peak.
Data from the Commerce Department revealed that consumer spending, which makes up two-thirds of US economic activity, increased by 1.8% in January, beating analyst expectations and representing the highest growth in nearly two years.
The Fed’s favored inflation indicator, the personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index, also increased by 0.6% last month, the most in the previous six months. These reports followed the hawkish FOMC minutes and the jobless claims report that surprisingly fell. They all point to a resilient economy despite rising rates.
The daily chart shows the EUR/USD declining after breaking below the 20-SMA and the RSI below 50. This comes after the price found resistance at the 1.1004 key level. Bears took over and pushed the price lower to the 1.0526 support level.
At this point, bears might pause before the price breaks below the support and the downtrend continues. However, the pause might allow bulls to come in and retest the 20-SMA as resistance.
Today, the Euro reached a nine-month high against the dollar as more hawkish remarks about European interest rates contrasted with market expectations for a more restrained Federal Reserve.
It was supported by Klaas Knot, an ECB’s governing council member, who stated that interest rates would increase by 50 basis points in February and March and then continue to rise in the following months.
Since Knot is seen as a hawk among decision-makers, the speech was interpreted as a response to recent claims that the ECB would reduce its rate of change to quarter-point increments starting in March.
In contrast, futures have steadily decreased the expected rate peak to a range of 4.75% to 5.0%, pricing out nearly any possibility that the Fed will rise by 50 basis points next month.
This week’s scheduled flash surveys on manufacturing in January are expected to reveal bigger improvements in Europe than the US, in part due to declining energy prices. Furthermore, US inflation is declining further and quicker than the Fed estimates. The USD can drop even more this year in this scenario.
However, the new high is weaker than the previous highs, as seen in the RSI. There is a bearish divergence from previous highs that is pointing to weakness in bulls. Bulls will need more momentum to continue the bullish trend. Otherwise, bears might come in to reverse the trend.