* Canadian dollar rises 0.3% against the greenback * Price of U.S. oil increases 1.8% * Canadian wholesale trade rises 1.8% in January * Canadian bond yields fall across a flatter curve TORONTO, March 23 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar strengthened against its U.S. counterpart on Monday as the Federal Reserve announced additional measures to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak and domestic data showed a surprise increase in wholesale trade. The Fed took unprecedented steps to support U.S. households and companies more directly with credit, helping to boost U.S. stocks. The price of oil, one of Canada's major exports, turned higher, with U.S. crude prices up 1.8% at $23.03 a barrel. Oil has been pressured in recent weeks by the demand destruction caused by the coronavirus pandemic and a price war between producers Russia and Saudi Arabia.. Canadian wholesale trade increased by 1.8% in January from December on stronger sales in the motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts and accessories subsector, Statistics Canada said. Analysts had forecast a 0.2% decrease. At 9:14 a.m. (1314 GMT), the Canadian dollar was trading 0.3% higher at 1.4381 to the greenback, or 69.54 U.S. cents. The currency, which on Thursday hit a four-year low at 1.4669, traded in a range of 1.4337 to 1.4492. The Canadian death toll from the coronavirus outbreak jumped by more than 50% on Sunday, and impatient officials threatened to punish people refusing to take precautions to fight the spread of the highly contagious illness. Canada is set to ramp up borrowing as Ottawa's C$27 billion stimulus package, announced last week to stave off a potential recession due to the coronavirus outbreak, blows out the fiscal deficit, market strategists said. Canadian bond yields fell across a flatter yield curve in sympathy with U.S. Treasuries. The 10-year yield fell 6.9 basis points at 0.795%. (Reporting by Fergal Smith Editing by Nick Zieminski)
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