CANADA FX DEBT-C$ dips as oil softens, but up on the week

Fri Jun 12, 2015 4:59pm EDT
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    * Canadian dollar at C$1.2311, or 81.23 U.S. cents
    * Bond prices mixed across the maturity curve

    By Andrea Hopkins
    TORONTO, June 12 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar slipped
against the greenback on Friday as crude prices extended
Thursday's losses, with investors booking profits on further
signs a global oil supply glut will not be abating any time
    The U.S. dollar gave up earlier gains, however, as the euro
edged higher after Greece said it was getting closer to a debt
    "The range has been small, a day of minor consolidation. The
U.S. dollar has been under a bit of pressure too, but the
Canadian dollar hasn't been able to take advantage," said Adam
Button, currency analyst at ForexLive in Montreal.
    "That's not a surprise given the strength of the loonie
earlier in the week and given oil has weakened off this week,
but the Canadian dollar has held its ground. That's a good sign
heading into next week."
    The Canadian dollar, which traded between C$1.2279
and C$1.2347 during the session, finished at C$1.2311 to the
greenback, or 81.23 U.S. cents, weaker than Thursday's close at
C$1.2275, or 81.47 U.S. cents.
    U.S. crude fell 81 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $59.96 a
barrel, and rose 1.5 percent on the week. Brent crude 
settled down $1.24, or 2 percent, at $63.87. For the week, Brent
ended up 0.7 percent. 
    The price of oil, a major Canadian export, rebounded early
in the week, but the rally stalled as the dollar strengthened
and Saudi Arabia indicated it could be ready to increase output.
    Despite Friday's dip, the loonie has gained more than 1
percent this week, following an unexpectedly strong Canadian
employment report last Friday and on a lackluster greenback.
    "There was a jump in Canadian dollar shorts ... Based on the
latest positioning data, it's clear speculators were caught on
the wrong side of the trade this week," said Button.
    Canadian home prices rose in May to a record high despite a
drop in Calgary as weak oil prices continued to hurt demand in
Canada's energy heartland, the Teranet-National Bank Composite
House Price Index showed on Friday. 
    The Federal Reserve will be in focus next week, with market
participants keen to see how the recent string of economic data
will shape the U.S. central bank's view on when it will hike
interest rates.
    Canadian government bond prices were mostly higher across
the maturity curve, with the two-year rising 1.5
Canadian cent to yield 0.648 percent and the benchmark 10-year
 rising 8 Canadian cents to yield 1.805 percent.

 (Editing by James Dalgleish)