CAD/JPY traded higher today, but the advance was stopped before even the rate got close to the 81.72 resistance, marked by the high of December 15th. Overall, the pair continues to trade above the upside support line drawn from the low of October 29th, and thus, we would consider the near-term outlook to be positive.
If the bulls are strong enough to retake control at some point soon, we would expect them to challenge the 81.72 barrier, the break of which may allow advances towards the peak of December 10th, at 82.12. If the bulls are not willing to stop there either, then a break higher could open the path towards the inside swing low of February 13th, at around 82.60.
Shifting attention to our short-term oscillators, we see that the RSI turned down from slightly below 70, while the MACD, although above both its zero and trigger lines, shows signs that it could also top soon. Both indicators detect slowing upside speed, which suggests that some further retreat may be in the works before the next leg north.
However, in order to abandon the bullish case, we would like to see a clear dip below 80.55. This would confirm a forthcoming lower low on the 4-hour cart and may initially aim for the lows of December 21st and 22nd, at around 80.15. A clear break below that barrier may extend the slide towards the 79.85 zone, near the low of November 27th. If that barrier doesn’t hold either, then the next stop may be at 79.58, marked by the inside swing high of November 20th.
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