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USD/CAD climbs to 1-1/2 week tops, bulls looking to build on momentum beyond 1.3300 handle

   •  A slight deterioration in risk appetite helped revive the USD’s safe-haven status. 
   •  Weaker oil prices further undermined Loonie and provided an additional boost.
   •  Technical buying above 1.3300 handle to pave way for additional intraday gains.

The USD/CAD pair spiked to 1-1/2 week tops in the last hour, with bulls now looking to build on the momentum further beyond the 1.3300 handle. 

A combination of supporting factors helped the pair to catch some aggressive bids on Thursday and finally break out of its two-day-old consolidative trading range. 

Softer risk sentiment extended some support to the US Dollar's relative safe-haven status and triggered the initial leg of an up-move from the vicinity of mid-1.3200s.

Adding to this, weaker crude oil prices further dampened demand for the commodity-linked currency - Loonie and remained supportive of the ongoing positive momentum.

The pair was now seen building on last week's goodish rebound from 100-day SMA support, or one-month lows and a follow-through up-move, led by some fresh technical buying, now looks a distinct possibility.

Moving ahead, today's second-tier US economic releases - initial weekly jobless claims and Philly Fed Manufacturing Index, will now be looked upon for some short-term trading opportunities.

Technical levels to watch

Any subsequent up-move is likely to confront some fresh supply near 50-day SMA, around the 1.3335-40 region, above which the momentum could further get extended towards the 1.3400 neighborhood.

On the flip side, the 1.3250-45 region now seems to act as immediate strong support, which if broken might trigger a fresh leg of downfall and accelerate the fall back towards 100-day SMA support near the 1.3180 region.

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