CANADA FX DEBT-C$ rises on weak U.S. outlook
* Canada dollar rises 0.1 percent
* U.S. dollar weaker on grim U.S. outlook
* Bond prices little changed
By Cameron French
TORONTO, Dec 24 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar edged higher versus the U.S. currency on Wednesday morning as the greenback eased on concerns about the strength of the U.S. economy, while better-than-expected Canadian economic data had little impact on trading.
Canadian bond prices were mixed and fairly flat ahead of an early market close of 1 p.m. (1800 GMT).
At 9:30 a.m., the currency was at C$1.2129 to the U.S. dollar, or 82.45 U.S. cents, up from C$1.2146 to the U.S. dollar, or 82.33 U.S. cents, at Tuesday's close.
The U.S. dollar fell against most major currencies as data on unemployment, spending and durable goods orders underscored the grim outlook for the U.S. economy.
In contrast, Canada's economy shrank by 0.1 percent in October from September, beating expectations of a 0.3 percent decline. The Statistics Canada figures had little impact on the currency, however.
"What I think is going on is continuing concern about he U.S. dollar," said David Watt, senior currency strategist at RBC Capital Markets.
With volumes thinned out ahead of the Christmas holidays, currency moves have been muted and responded mainly to year-end portfolio adjustments and corporate volumes, Watt said.
Market players are largely in a wait-and-see mode as January will bring an expected stimulus package in Canada's federal budget, the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, and an interest rate decision and Monetary Policy Report Update by the Bank of Canada.
Bond prices were split, resisting the urge to follow stronger U.S. Treasuries, which rose on the grim U.S. economic view.
While Canada's economy is now believed to be in recession, the country has not experienced real estate and financial services meltdowns anywhere close to those in the United States.
The two-year bond rose 1 Canadian cent to C$102.92 to yield 1.207 percent. The 10-year bond slid 10 Canadian cents to C$111.75 to yield 2.820 percent.
The yield spread between the two-year and 10-year bond was at 161 basis points, up from 159 at the previous close.
The 30-year bond fell 15 Canadian cents to C$126.90 to yield 3.498 percent. In the United States, the 30-year Treasury yielded 2.633 percent. (Reporting by Cameron French; editing by Peter Galloway)
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