Canadian dollar recovers from near three-week low ahead of Poloz speech

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar edged higher against the greenback on Tuesday, recovering from an earlier near three-week low, as investors positioned themselves ahead of a speech the next day by Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz.

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

Canada’s central bank governor on Wednesday will deliver an economic progress report, followed by a news conference. After interest rate hikes in July and September, markets will be looking for clues as to how aggressively the bank may tighten from here.

“There is more room to hike,” said Mazen Issa, senior FX strategist at TD Securities. “We don’t think there is a reason yet to lean against the (Canadian) currency.”

Money markets see a 40 percent chance of another hike in October, while a hike by December is almost fully discounted. BOCWATCH

It will be a hawkish sign if Poloz says that the economy is still benefiting from considerable stimulus, Issa said.

At 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT), the Canadian dollar CAD=D4 was trading at C$1.2353 to the greenback, or 80.95 U.S. cents, up 0.1 percent.

The currency’s strongest level of the session was C$1.2330, while it touched its weakest since Sept. 6 at C$1.2413.

The modest gain for the loonie came as the U.S. dollar climbed against a basket of major currencies and as prices of oil, one of Canada’s major exports, fell.

U.S. crude CLc1 prices settled 34 cents lower at $51.88 a barrel after investors took profits following a rally to 26-month highs.

The greenback reached five-week highs against the euro after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was seen as striking a slightly hawkish tone on rates.

Canadian government bond prices were lower across the yield curve in sympathy with U.S. Treasuries. The two-year CA2YT=RR dipped 1 Canadian cent to yield 1.604 percent and the 10-year CA10YT=RR declined 15 Canadian cents to yield 2.114 percent.

On Friday, the 10-year yield touched its highest since October 2014 at 2.135 percent.

Additional reporting by Solarina Ho; Editing by Nick Zieminski and Jonathan Oatis