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The U.S. dollar, as measured by the DXY, embarked on a furious rally on Thursday after hotter-than-expected U.S. September inflation data sent Treasury yields sharply higher and increased the likelihood that the Fed will deliver another quarter-point rate hike at its December meeting. In this context, the Loonie (CAD) and the Aussie (AUD) suffered a major setback and took a beating against the greenback, with both currencies nearing their weakest levels in several months. Detailed technical analyses for AUD/USD and USD/CAD are provided below in consideration of these developments.
USD/CAD TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
USD/CAD surged on Thursday, blasting past a key technical ceiling at 1.3640 and pushing towards the 1.3700 handle, another important level that could cap further advances.
With a strong bullish momentum firmly in place for USD/CAD and prices following a well-defined uptrend, it may pose a considerable challenge for sellers to regain control of the market, suggesting that the path of least resistance may be higher.
In terms of possible scenarios, if the pair manages to clear the 1.3700 mark decisively, the bears may throw in the towel, setting the stage to move towards the October’s swing high, which hovers just below the 1.3800 threshold. On further strength, the focus shifts to the 2023 peak.
Conversely, if prices turn lower from their current position and begin to retreat unexpectedly, initial support is seen at 1.3640, but further losses could be in store on a push below this area, with the next downside target located at 1.3570.
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USD/CAD TECHNICAL CHART
AUD/USD TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Everything was going well for AUD/USD until earlier this week. The pair had bounced more than 2% from multi-month lows and was on a steady recovery trajectory, but then its rebound abruptly hit a roadblock when prices collided with trendline resistance and the 50-day simple moving average, situated just above the 0.6400 handle.
Right after testing the 0.6400 area, sellers made a strong comeback, initiating a robust bearish reversal that pushed prices below support at 0.6350. With the market firmly in the grip of the bears, it may only be a matter of time before a move toward the 2023 lows unfolds. AUD/USD could find a foothold in this area on a retest, but in the event of a breakdown, we could see a pullback towards the 2022 lows.
On the flip side, if sentiment improves and the Australian dollar accelerates higher, initial resistance is located at 0.6350. Clearing this hurdle may breathe fresh life into the upward impetus, potentially opening the path for an advance toward trendline resistance, currently positioned close to the psychological 0.6400 level. With continued strength, the prospect of reaching 0.6460 is worth considering.
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