CANADA FX DEBT-C$ edges lower as weak crude oil prices weigh

Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:27am EST
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* Canadian dollar at C$1.3571 or 73.69 U.S. cents
    * Bond prices mixed across the maturity curve

    TORONTO, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar edged
slightly lower against the U.S. dollar on Thursday after U.S.
crude oil prices hit a fresh trend low below $37 a barrel,
contrasting with gains for fellow commodity currencies, the
Australian and New Zealand dollars.
    Oil gave up earlier gains as persistent oversupply concerns
offset a surprise fall in U.S. crude inventories after 10 weekly
    U.S. crude prices were down 0.70 percent to $36.90 a
barrel, while Brent crude lost 0.22 percent to
    A rise in the number of Americans filing for unemployment
benefits had little impact, as the underlying trend remained
consistent with tightening conditions. 
    Canadian industrial production capacity climbed 0.6
percentage points to 82.0 percent in the third quarter of 2015,
close to expectations, following two consecutive quarterly
    New home prices in Canada rose by a higher-than-expected 0.3
percent in October from September on higher prices in the
Toronto area. 
    At 9:14 a.m. EST (1414 GMT), the Canadian dollar 
was trading at C$1.3571 to the greenback, or 73.69 U.S. cents,
slightly weaker than the Bank of Canada's official close of
C$1.3564, or 73.72 U.S. cents.
    The currency's strongest level of the session was C$1.3533,
while its weakest level was C$1.3580.    
    Against the Australian dollar, the Canadian dollar weakened
to C$0.9898, having hit its weakest level in 10 months at
C$0.9938 after Australian employment surged for the second
straight month. 
    The Canadian dollar also underperformed against the New
Zealand dollar after New Zealand's central bank cut its
benchmark interest rate to match a record low of 2.50 percent,
but virtually shut the door on further easing. 
    Canadian government bond prices were mixed across the
maturity curve, with the two-year price down 1
Canadian cent to yield 0.542 percent and the benchmark 10-year
 rising 7 Canadian cents to yield 1.483 percent.
    The Canada-U.S. two-year bond spread was 1 basis point wider
at -39.3 basis points, while the 10-year spread was 2 basis
points wider at -73.7 basis points, extending recent
outperformance for Canadian bonds.
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday his
government would see if it could stick to its target for budget
deficits but stressed he would do what was necessary and
responsible to attain the desired level of economic growth.

 (Reporting by Fergal Smith; Editing by Nick Zieminski)