RPT-CANADA FX DEBT-C$ rebounds from early weakness, bonds fall

Thu Jun 4, 2009 4:45pm EDT
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* C$ rebounds from early weakness as oil and equities firm

* Bank of Canada holds rates steady, but warns on C$

* Makes no mention of unconventional monetary easing

* Bonds fall as equities gain (Updates to midafternoon)

TORONTO, June 4 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar rebounded against the U.S. currency on Thursday as rising equity markets and firmer oil prices outweighed Bank of Canada caution about the currency's recent strength.

The currency fell as low as C$1.1100 to the U.S. dollar, or 90.09 U.S. cents, though still up from the session low, as traders digested unusually strong comments from the central bank about the currency, which surged 9.3 percent in May alone, its biggest monthly gain since at least 1950. [ID:nN0479627]

But as the day progressed, the Canadian dollar bounced back, aided by gains on equity markets and influenced by the rising price of oil.

At 3:07 p.m. (1907 GMT), the Canadian unit was at C$1.0975 to the U.S. dollar, or 91.53 U.S. cents, up from C$1.1084 to the U.S. dollar, or 90.22 U.S. cents, at Wednesday's close.   Continued...