USD/CAD- Time To Get Short!

Posted Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by
Dave Green • 1 min read

The USD/CAD has been in a dreadful tailspin for the past three months. Key levels are coming into play that may give us a nice shorting opportunity. We saw a test of intraday lows on the EIA crude oil inventories release, signaling skepticism towards the Canadian economy. This just adds fuel to the bearish fire.

Today’s trading has tested above the previous day’s high for the second consecutive session. Failure to sustain any sort of meaningful rally above this level tells us that sellers are still in control of this market. It is time to look for shorts.

USD/CAD 30 minute entry

The Trade-Short Today’s USD/CAD Value Area


A sell on the 38% of today’s range is a great level to get short:

  • Sell in the 1.2555 range

  • Target at 1.2515

  • Stop in at 1.2594, above today’s intrasession high

This trade has a few things that give me some confidence on this call:

  • The USD/CAD has failed to extend above last week’s high

  • 38% of July’s range at 1.2615 has not sustained a test for the past week

  • Oil has seen whipsaw trading on a better-than-expected EIA inventories report

As with all things trading, timing is key. There are no scheduled data releases to shake things up for the USD/CAD until Thursday morning. This is a longer duration trade, but the verdict should be in by Thursday’s numbers.

Getting short during today’s U.S. session will give us a clean shot at grabbing some pips from the prolonged downtrend. A 1:1 ratio with such a heavy macro trend in play is certainly an acceptable risk/reward.

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