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USD/CAD quasi-channel pattern on the one hour timeframe makes it to our final daily watchlist post of the week thanks to top tier data ahead from both Canada and the U.S.

Intermarket Snapshot

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Fresh Market Headlines & Economic data:

Upcoming Potential Catalysts on the Forex Calendar:

  • Fed’s Williams speaks on monetary policy at 7:15 pm GMT
  • Japan National core CPI at 12:30 am GMT (July 19)
  • German PPI at 7:00 am GMT (July 19)
  • Euro area current account at 9:00 am GMT (July 19)
  • UK Public sector net borrowing at 9:30 am GMT (July 19)
  • Canada retail sales at 1:30 pm GMT (July 19)
  • U.S. University of Michigan consumer sentiment at 3:00 pm GMT (July 19)
  • Fed’s Bullard speaks in New york at 4:05 pm GMT (July 19)
  • Fed’s Rosengren speaks at 9:30 pm GMT (July 19)

What to Watch: USD/CAD

USD/CAD 1-Hour Forex Chart
USD/CAD 1-Hour Forex Chart

It’s not a clean setup, but we can see a steady grind lower on USD/CAD, forming a pattern of lower ‘highs’ and ‘lows,’ (i.e., a descending channel). The pair has bounced back higher in the past few sessions to the top of the descending channel, which also happens to be a minor resistance area at a major psychological level (bears take back control twice just under 1.3100 in the past week).

So the question is will the bears take back control again? From a price action standpoint, the setup is attractive to technical traders, especially given that the stochastic is signaling short-term overbought conditions. But we’ve also got to consider that there is top tier economic data ahead, most notably the Canadian retail sales update and the U.S. consumer sentiment update from the University of Michigan.

If you’re a bear, you may want to wait for those data points coming soon, an if we see a better-than-expected Canadian retail sales update and the U.S. consumer sentiment update disappoints, odds are good that this area up to 1.3100 is short-term top, especially if we see catalyst for stronger oil before the end of the week.

If you’re a USD/CAD bull, a disappointing Canadian retail sales update and the positive U.S. consumer sentiment update is likely the trigger for a strong short-term move higher, and if the market does break the falling ‘highs’ pattern, the next step is either a upside break play for the aggressive traders out there, or a break-and-pullback for the more conservative players out there.

In either case, we are fast approaching the weekend, so it’s probably a good idea to exit quickly, and keep in mind that the daily ATR currently clocks in around 60 pips per day.  Reaching beyond that is not a likely scenario before the weekend close.