Canadian GDP Takes USD/CAD To The 200 SMA – Who Wants To Buy? - Forex News by FX Leaders

Canadian GDP Takes USD/CAD To The 200 SMA – Who Wants To Buy?

Posted Friday, March 31, 2017 by
Skerdian Meta • 2 min read

The Canadian GDP report was great. The monthly number jumped from 0.3% to 0.6%, while the annual GDP figure moved from 1.9% to 2.3%.

These are some really strong numbers which will place pressure on the BOC (Bank of Canada). The Canadian economic data has improved recently, partly due to better global economic conditions and partly due to higher oil prices.

Nevertheless, until now, the BOC has remained bearish in regards to the monetary policy. However, the BOC won't be able to ignore today´s GDP report.

The 200 SMA in purple is definitely a tough barrier to overcome

The CAD has surely taken notice; USD/CAD has dived about 60 pips, which has taken us to the 200 SM on the H4 forex chart, as you can see above.

The level around 1.75 has provided solid support for the last three weeks with the help of the 200 SMA. This moving average has provided resistance in the past, which makes it even more important.

So, it´s a good place for a short term buy signal, right? Well, technically yes, but the problem is that today´s GDP numbers might turn everything around fundamentally. We might see one or two comments coming from the BOC which might turn the fundamental picture upside down, from dovish to hawkish.   

That´s the worry for buyers right now. In fact, the odds are that we will hear nothing from the BOC. Yet the fear is that we know how the forex market loves to anticipate things to the point where often market sentiment is stronger than any sort of analysis.

That doesn´t necessarily mean that the downside is more favourable than the upside and we should open a buy forex signal. But, that is certainly the case for right now. So if you´re looking to buy this forex pair now you should consider market sentiment before buying.

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Skerdian Meta // Lead Analyst
Skerdian Meta Lead Analyst. Skerdian is a professional Forex trader and a market analyst. He has been actively engaged in market analysis for the past 11 years. Before becoming our head analyst, Skerdian served as a trader and market analyst in Saxo Bank's local branch, Aksioner. Skerdian specialized in experimenting with developing models and hands-on trading. Skerdian has a masters degree in finance and investment.
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