Short term
Trade view / 29 December 2014 at 15:44 GMT

Year-end upside for Loonie?

FX Trade Strategist /
Instrument: USDCAD
Price target:
Market price:

USDCAD has been far closer to the top of the range than the bottom over the past two weeks and the top is also not only the high for 2014 but also at a level not seen since 2009. Oil prices appear to have stabilised (at least in the short term) around $55.00/bbl, which should alleviate some of the downward pressure on the Canadian dollar. The potential for Canadian dollar demand stemming from year-end portfolio rebalancing flows with the proximity to strong resistance provides a reasonable risk profile.

Management and risk description

This trade is risky. It is vulnerable to USDCAD demand in thin markets that could trigger the stop. The “fixing flows could be minimal or even worse, lead to Canadian dollar selling. Another drop in oil prices would also trigger the stop.


Entry: Sell USDCAD at market (Currently 1.1625).

Stop: 1.1675.

Target: 1.1550.

Time horizon:  2 days (Close after the London Fix (14:00GMT).

Chart: USDCAD 1-hour with 2 week trading range noted
Source: Saxo Bank

Chart: USDCAD 4-hour with take profit and stop loss areas highlightedusdcad
Source: Saxo Bank

Chart: USDCAD 5-year daily with moving averages

Source: Saxo Bank

-- Edited by Kevin McIndoe
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