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- USD/CAD[1] Bullish Sequence Fizzles Despite Cautious Bank of Canada (BoC) Comments, Strong U.S. Consumer Confidence Survey. All Eyes on U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Report.

- NZD/USD[2] Eyes 2018-Low as 10-Year U.S. Treasury Yield Spikes Above 3.00%. Relative Strength Index (RSI) Approaches Oversold Territory.

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BULLISH USD/CAD SEQUENCE CONTINUES TO TAKE SHAPE AHEAD OF BANK OF CANADA (BOC) TESTIMONY. ALL EYES ON GOVERNOR STEPHEN POLOZ.

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USD/CAD struggles to extend the recent series of higher highs and lows even as the Bank of Canada (BoC) strikes a cautious tone in front of lawmakers, and the pair may stage a larger pullback over the coming days should fresh data prints coming out of the U.S. economy undermine the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) scope to extend the hiking-cycle.

The testimony with BoC Governor Stephen Poloz suggests the central bank remains in no rush to implement another rate-hike as ‘some degree of monetary policy accommodation will likely still be needed to keep inflation on target,’ and the wait-and-see approach may continue to generate headwinds for the Canadian dollar[3] as the FOMC[4] pledges to implement higher borrowing-costs over the coming months.

With that said, the limited reaction to the better-than-expected U.S. Consumer Confidence survey keeps the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in focus as the fresh updates are expected to show a downtick in the growth rate, but a material pickup in the core Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE), the Fed’s preferred gauge for inflation, may ultimately boost the appeal of the greenback as growth starts to exceed the 2% target.

USD/CAD DAILY CHART

USDCAD Daily Chart
  • Lack of momentum to extend the bullish sequence may

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