CANADA FX DEBT-C$ weakens from 2-mth high on Bernanke comments
* C$ at C$0.9610 to the U.S. dlr, or $1.0406
* Pulls back from session high of C$0.9549 after Fed news
* Bernanke says not ready to offer more easing yet
* Lower oil, commodity prices weigh
By Trish Nixon
TORONTO, July 14 (Reuters) - Canada's dollar weakened against the greenback on Thursday after earlier hitting a 2-month high, as the head of the U.S. Federal Reserve dampened hopes of that he would offer additional monetary stimulus.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke reiterated that the U.S. central bank would be ready to inject more money into the system should the U.S. economy worsen, but stressed that inflation was higher now than it was late last year, so the Fed was not ready yet to take action.
The U.S. dollar also gained against the euro and rallied from record lows versus the Swiss franc on the central banker's comments. [FRX/]
"(The Canadian dollar) is trading up from the (C$0.9580s) purely on the back of strong dollar in general," said David Bradley, director of foreign exchange trading at Scotia Capital.
The currency CAD=D4 ended the day at C$0.9605 to the U.S. dollar, or $1.0406, down from Wednesday's North American finish at C$0.9597, or $1.0420.
Early in the session it reached a high of C$0.9549, or $1.0472, its strongest level since May 11.
Bradley said because the Canadian dollar fell back from the two-month high it was more likely to weaken over the next 24 hours. But he saw support at the C$0.9640 and C$0.9650 levels.
Weaker commodity prices were another drag on the Canadian dollar. Canada is a major natural resources exporter, and movements in their prices often influence the currency's direction.
Oil prices fell for their first time in three days. [O/R]
Canadian bond prices were mostly lower. The five-year bond CA5YT=RR fell 2.2 cents to yield 2.221 percent, while the 30-year bond CA30YT=RR was off 47 cents, yielding 3.403 percent.
Canadian bonds mostly outperformed U.S. Treasuries, with the Canadian 10-year yield 0.5 basis points below its U.S. counterpart, compared with 7.2 basis points above yesterday.
Some traders said given problems in Europe and the United States, Canada looked increasingly appealing to international investors.
The United States may lose its top-notch credit rating in the next few weeks if lawmakers fail to increase the country's legal borrowing limit and the government misses debt payments, Moody's Investors Service warned on Wednesday. (Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)
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