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* C$ at 96.53 U.S. cents, rises from 1-week low
* Bond prices turn lower as U.S. stocks futures up
* Canada finmin: no sign Europe debt crisis spreading
TORONTO, May 17 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar cut losses from the overnight session against the U.S. currency on Monday, supported by a shift in risk sentiment as North American stock indexes suggested they would hold up after last week's losses, and the key oil price also turned higher.
Canada's currency fell to its lowest in more than a week against the greenback at C$1.0440 to the U.S. dollar, or 95.79 U.S. cents, caught in the crossfire of the euro falling to a four-year low.
Investors in the overnight Asia session worried that Europe's austerity measures would stifle a recovery, pulling down stocks and other riskier currencies.
Canada's Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Europe was following the right path to manage the debt crisis plaguing a group of countries and said there were no signs that the crisis was spreading beyond Greece, Spain and Portugal. [ID:nSGE64G0G1]
At 8:15 a.m. (1215 GMT), the Canadian dollar CAD=D4 was at C$1.0359 to the U.S. dollar, or 96.53 U.S. cents, down from C$1.0317 to the U.S. dollar, or 96.93 U.S. cents, at Friday's close.
"We're starting a bit on the defensive, but again no fault of Canada but more of the global sentiment," said Matthew Strauss, senior currency strategist at RBC Capital Markets.
"It seems at least that the European and North American markets are starting with a slightly better sentiment tone from where they ended last week."
He said there appeared to be momentum behind the Canadian dollar to head higher as North American equity markets looked set to hold their ground at the open, while key crude prices also turned higher from the overnight session.
Canadian government bond prices were lower across the board as U.S. stocks futures were bolstered by a wave of mergers and acquisitions. [.N]
The two-year government bond CA2YT=RR dipped 3 Canadian cents to C$99.34 to yield 1.834 percent, while the 10-year bond CA10YT=RR lost 15 Canadian cents to C$100.40 to yield 3.453 percent. (Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)