CANADA FX DEBT-C$ higher as oil climbs, U.S. dollar weakens

Tue Jun 9, 2009 4:40pm EDT
 
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 * C$ finishes at 90.65 U.S. cents
 * Bonds mixed; long-dated U.S. Treasuries fall
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 By Jennifer Kwan
 TORONTO, June 9 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar rose
against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday, underpinned by weakness in
the greenback and by strength in oil prices due to a U.S.
report that revised global oil demand forecasts higher.
 With no economic data to speak of, those two factors were
the main drivers behind the Canadian currency's buoyancy, said
Tyson Wright, senior foreign exchange trader, Custom House.
 "With oil up near $70 and the U.S. dollar selling off
across the board, the Canadian dollar's gotten wrapped up in
that risk sentiment and has benefited from that," he said.
 The currency extended its gains from the previous session,
climbing as high as C$1.0982 to the U.S. dollar, or 91.06 U.S.
cents, but retreated slightly to finish the session up at
C$1.1032 to the U.S. dollar, or 90.65 U.S. cents.
 On Monday, the currency closed at C$1.1168 to the U.S.
dollar, or 89.54 U.S. cents.
 Oil CLc1, a key Canadian export, shot up nearly 3 percent
to settle at a seven-month high of $70 a barrel on Tuesday,
boosted by the weak greenback and a U.S. government report
revising global demand expectations higher amid signs the
economy may be improving. [ID:nSP387179]
 The U.S. dollar fell broadly after showing recent strength
against some major currencies due to speculation the U.S.
Federal Reserve may raise rates sooner than expected following
better than expected U.S. jobs figures last week. [FRX/]
 "Traders are paring back expectations that there'll be a
Fed hike in the near term. That's positive for the Canadian
dollar," Wright said.
 BONDS MIXED
 Canadian bond prices were mixed, with the short end flat to
slightly higher and the long end lower along with the U.S.
Treasuries market, where long-dated Treasuries fell on supply
concerns with auctions looming later in the week.
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 The bond market was also adjusting following higher yields
after the U.S. jobs data, said Levente Mady, market strategist
at Union Securities.
 "I think today the market is catching its breath," he
said.
 The benchmark two-year government bond ticked 8 Canadian
cents higher to C$99.79 to yield 1.358 percent, while the
10-year bond fell 10 Canadian cents to C$101.77 to yield 3.538
percent.
 The 30-year bond dropped 45 Canadian cents to C$116.10 to
yield 4.035 percent. The comparable U.S. Treasury issue yielded
4.6626 percent.
 Canadian bonds mostly underperformed U.S. Treasuries across
the curve. The Canadian 30-year bond was 62.8 basis points
below the U.S. 30-year yield, compared with about 63 basis
points below on Monday.
 (Reporting by Jennifer Kwan; editing by Peter Galloway)