CANADA FX DEBT-C$ weakens on lower commodity prices, Poloz comments
* Canadian dollar at C$$1.1007, or 90.85 U.S. cents * Bond prices higher across the maturity curve By Solarina Ho TORONTO, Sept 22 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar retreated against the greenback on Monday as commodity prices softened on Chinese demand concerns and after Bank of Canada comments that indicated the bank may be in no hurry to raise interest rates despite higher inflation data. Over the weekend, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz said that the Canadian economy still had a significant amount of room to grow, noting that the higher inflation over the past half year was not trend-driven. "There were some comments by Governor Poloz over weekend at the G20, where he attributed some of the increase in core inflation to one-off factors," said Mark Chandler, head of Canadian fixed income and currency strategy at RBC Capital Markets. "More broadly, we continue to see commodity prices weaken and that's not helpful for the Canadian dollar either." As an exporter of oil and other natural resources, the Canadian dollar is sensitive to commodity prices and to the moves of other commodities-driven currencies. At 9:36 a.m. EDT (1336 GMT), the Canadian dollar, which was underperforming most major currencies, was trading at C$1.1007 to the U.S. dollar, or 90.85 U.S. cents, weaker than Friday's close of C$1.0947, or 91.35 U.S. cents. The Australian dollar fell to a multi-month low overnight, hurt by comments from China's finance minister on Sunday in which he said the country would not dramatically alter its economic policy because of any one economic indicator. Meanwhile, the market also worried that manufacturing data coming out on Tuesday from China, the world's second largest economy and one of the world's largest commodities consumers, will likely show stalled growth. A speech expected by Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Wilkins on Monday on monetary policy could get some market attention, Chandler said. Canadian government bond prices were higher across the maturity curve, with the two-year up 1 Canadian cent to yield 1.167 percent and the benchmark 10-year rising 19 Canadian cents to yield 2.230 percent. (Reporting by Solarina Ho; Editing by Peter Galloway)
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