CANADA FX DEBT-C$ pares recent losses even as oil prices fall

Wed Feb 8, 2017 9:44am EST
 
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    * Canadian dollar at C$1.3146, or 76.07 U.S. cents
    * Bond prices higher across a flatter yield curve
    * 10-year yield touches a three-week low at 1.643 percent

    TORONTO, Feb 8 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar strengthened
against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday, paring some recent
losses even as oil prices fell, while domestic data showed a
rise in housing starts.    
    The seasonally adjusted annualized rate of housing starts
rose to a higher-than-expected 207,408 units in January, data
from the national housing agency showed, suggesting ground
breaking on new homes was off to a strong start in 2017.
            
    On Tuesday, the loonie had hit a two-week low at C$1.3213 to
the greenback, pressured by a drop in Canadian export volumes in
December and lower oil prices.
    Oil, one of Canada's major exports, slid again on Wednesday
as a big increase in U.S. crude inventories and a slump in
Chinese demand implied that the global market remains
oversupplied despite producers' efforts to cut output.      
    At 9:26 a.m. ET (1426 GMT), the Canadian dollar          was
trading at C$1.3146, or 76.07 U.S. cents, stronger than
Tuesday's close of C$1.3167, or 75.95 U.S. cents.
    The currency's strongest level of the session was C$1.3141,
while its weakest was C$1.3200.
    Canada's employment report for January is due on Friday. The
job market is expected to be unchanged after 2016's strong
second half, leaving the unemployment rate steady at 6.9
percent.         
    Canadian government bond prices were higher across a flatter
yield curve in sympathy with U.S. Treasuries as investors
weighed prospects for U.S. stimulus measures and Federal Reserve
interest rate hikes.             
    The two-year            price rose 3 Canadian cents to yield
0.725 percent, and the 10-year             climbed 40 Canadian
cents to yield 1.643 percent, its lowest since Jan. 17.
    Brazil opened a formal complaint against Canada at the World
Trade Organization, accusing the country of distorting the
global aerospace industry with subsidies for planemaker
Bombardier Inc          .             

 (Reporting by Fergal Smith; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)