• USD/CAD climbs sharply to 1.3248, gaining more than 0.40% after Jerome Powell’s remarks at the European Central Bank (ECB) Sintra event.
  • Powell’s suggestion of two more increases in the Fed’s policy boosted the pair, driving it to a new two-week high at 1.3276.
  • Market odds for a Fed 25 bps rate hike in June rose to 84.3%, driving the US dollar higher.

USD/CAD climbed sharply on Wednesday, helped by the US Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair Jerome Powell’s remarks at the European Central Bank (ECB) Sintra event, reiterating the Fed would likely hike two times as shown by the dot-plots. The USD/CAD is trading at 1.3248, gains more than 0.40% after hitting a daily low of 1.3188.

Fed Chair’s signals for future rate hikes and disappointing Canadian inflation figures drive USD/CAD higher

US equities are trading mixed, with the Dow Jones and S&P printing losses, while the heavy-tech Nasdaq holds to its gains. The session’s highlight has been the Chair Powell noting that policy “has not been restrictive for long,” emphasizing that most of the dot plot still sees two more increases. He added, “US economy quite resilient and latest data consistent with that” and added the Fed needs to see more softening in the labor market.

The USD/CAD reacted to Powell’s remarks, and hit a new two-week high at 1.3276, as market participants, increased the odds for a Fed 25 bps rate hike in June to 84.3%, compared to yesterday’s 76.9%, as reported by data of the CME FedWatch Tool.

Consequently, the greenback is strengthening, as shown by the US Dollar Index (DXY), which gains 0.42%, up to 102.943. Nevertheless, US Treasury bond yields are dropping, with the US 10-year benchmark note rate at 3.748%, two basis points lower than its opening price.

Regarding data, the US Trade deficit narrowed by 6.1% to $-91.1 billion, compared to April’s $-97.1 billion, as revealed by the US Department of Commerce. Sources cited by Reuters commented, “Even with the narrowing in May, the goods trade deficit is up by over 10% since March, and trade will likely be a drag on economic growth in the second quarter.”

Aside from this, the latest inflation report from Canada was softer than expected after the Bank of Canada (BoC) delivered a 25 bps rate hike on a sudden shift of monetary policy stance. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) in May grew 3.4% YoY vs. 4.4% the prior month, the lowest level since June 2021. The common Core rose by 5.2% YoY, vs. 5.7% in April, the weakest since March 2022. After the data release, expectations for further tightening of the Boc fell, as odds for a hike on July 12 rose to 50%, below the 70% at the beginning of the week.

Upcoming events

The US economic agenda will feature the US Initial Jobless Claims for the last week and the release of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figures and Pending Home Sales.

USD/CAD Price Analysis: Technical outlook

The USD/CAD reacted upward on Powell’s remarks but failed to crack the 20-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA) at 1.3280, suggesting that sellers remain in charge, around the 1.3300/1.3280 area. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) points upward but has yet to cross the bullish territory, so the USD/CAD remains exposed to selling pressure. Meanwhile, the three-day Rate of Change (RoC) suggests buyers are entering the market but not as strong as expected.

The USD/CAD would shift to neutral bullish if buyers reclaim the February 2 daily low of 1.3260 and extend its gains past 1.3300. Otherwise, any rallies could be used for USD/CAD sellers to reposition and enter at a better price.


Today last price1.3242
Today Daily Change0.0050
Today Daily Change %0.38
Today daily open1.3192
Daily SMA201.3304
Daily SMA501.3437
Daily SMA1001.35
Daily SMA2001.3518
Previous Daily High1.3192
Previous Daily Low1.3117
Previous Weekly High1.327
Previous Weekly Low1.3139
Previous Monthly High1.3655
Previous Monthly Low1.3315
Daily Fibonacci 38.2%1.3163
Daily Fibonacci 61.8%1.3146
Daily Pivot Point S11.3142
Daily Pivot Point S21.3091
Daily Pivot Point S31.3066
Daily Pivot Point R11.3217
Daily Pivot Point R21.3243
Daily Pivot Point R31.3293