CANADA FX DEBT-C$ pares losses on hope for euro zone action

Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:17am EDT
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   * C$ at C$0.9695, or $1.0315
 * Bonds mixed across the curve
 By Solarina Ho
 TORONTO, July 12 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar pared
hefty losses against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday morning
following speculation that the European Central Bank was acting
more forcefully to stem the euro zone debt crisis.
 Traders cited talk that the European Central Bank was
buying bonds of debt-plagued euro zone nations for the first
time in three months.
 "Obviously, rumors overnight that the ECB stepped up into
the Italian bond market has really turned risk around and with
that we've seen a pretty big recovery in stock futures and with
the Canadian dollar this morning," said Steve Butler, director
of foreign exchange trading at Scotia Capital.
 Also supporting the currency was data on Tuesday that
showed Canada's trade deficit narrowed slightly in May to C$814
million ($839 million) from C$857 million in April, helped by
higher exports, primarily to the European Union.
 "It helped Canada a little bit. but really, it's not about
the data here, it's about the risk sentiment with all the
issues going on in the euro zone," Butler said.
 "There's only a few real pieces of data these days that
matter a lot to the market. Certainly trade may be a bit of a
factor, but not really anything that's really going to boost
Canada's fortunes today."
 At 9:21 a.m. (1321 GMT), the currency CAD=D4 was at
C$0.9695 to the U.S. dollar, or $1.0315, slightly weaker than
Monday's North American finish of C$0.9690, or $1.0320.
 Earlier it traded as low as C$0.9780 on fears that euro
zone leaders were failing to take action to prevent the spread
of the debt crisis.  [FRX] [ID:nLDE76B0ID]
 "The market is recovering quite nicely and I think that has
caught the market long dollar. We've seen a big correction this
morning once New York came in," Butler said.
 He said the Canadian dollar had likely hit its session low
against the U.S. dollar and could strengthen to as high as
C$0.9630/40 against the U.S. dollar.
 Canadian bond prices were mixed across the curve as
investors flight to safety was tempered by optimism of a
resolution in Europe.
 The two-year bond CA2YT=RR was off 2.5 Canadian cents to
yield 1.436 percent, while the 10-year bond CA10YT=RR was up
8 Canadian cents, yielding 2.889 percent.
 (Reporting by Solarina Ho; editing by Peter Galloway)