August 6, 2019 / 2:35 PM / 3 months ago

Canadian dollar holds near six-week low amid escalating trade tensions

FILE PHOTO: A Canadian dollar coin, commonly known as the "Loonie", is pictured in this illustration picture taken in Toronto January 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar was little changed against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday, with the currency hovering near a six-week low it hit on Friday as investors worried about rising trade tensions between the United States and China.

A yearlong U.S.-China trade war has boiled over as Washington accused Beijing of manipulating its currency after China let the yuan drop to its lowest point in more than a decade.

Canada exports many commodities, including oil, so its economy could be hurt by an escalation of trade tensions.

At 10:06 a.m. (1406 GMT), the Canadian dollar CAD=D4 was trading nearly unchanged at 1.3222 to the greenback, or 75.63 U.S. cents. The currency traded in a range of 1.3188 to 1.3236.

On Friday, the currency hit its lowest intraday since June 20 at 1.3265.

The loonie’s six-week low on Friday came as data showed Canadian exports fell by 5.1% in June, the first drop since February.

Meanwhile, the price of oil rebounded slightly on Tuesday from big falls in recent sessions amid escalating trade tensions. U.S. crude oil futures CLc1 were up 0.4% at $54.88 a barrel.

Canadian government bond prices were higher across the yield curve, with the two-year CA2YT=RR up 16 Canadian cents to yield 1.377% and the 10-year CA10YT=RR rising 83 Canadian cents to yield 1.289%.

The gap between Canada’s 2-year yield and its U.S. equivalent narrowed by 9.6 basis points to a spread of 22.2 basis points in favor of the U.S. bond, the narrowest gap since July 8.

Levent Uslu; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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