CANADA FX DEBT-C$ steadies near 3-month low amid lower rate hike chances

    * Canadian dollar at C$1.2801, or 78.12 U.S. cents
    * Loonie hovers near its weakest in more than 3 months
    * Bond prices rise across a flatter yield curve

    TORONTO, Oct 26 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar steadied
against its broadly firmer U.S. counterpart on Thursday, with
the loonie hovering near a 3-month low it hit the day before
when the Bank of Canada cooled expectations for another interest
rate hike this year.
    The U.S. dollar        climbed against a basket of major
currencies after the European Central Bank extended its bond
purchases, pressuring the euro.             
    The Bank of Canada on Wednesday left its policy rate
unchanged at 1 percent. Governor Stephen Poloz pointed to slack
in the labor market as evidence that there could be more room
for growth in the economy without spurring price rises.
    Average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose
0.9% in August from July, data from Statistics Canada showed on
Thursday. Compared with August 2016, earnings climbed 1.7%.    
    Perceived chances of another hike by the end of the year
have fallen to 27 percent from 37 percent before the rate
decision, the overnight index swaps market showed.           
    At 9:02 a.m. ET (1302 GMT), the Canadian dollar          was
little changed at C$1.2801 to the greenback, or 78.12 U.S.
    The currency traded in a range of C$1.2780 to C$1.2815. On
Wednesday, it touched its weakest since July 12 at C$1.2816.
    Prices of oil, one of Canada's major exports, steadied near
multi-month highs after an unexpected increase in U.S. crude
    U.S. crude        prices were up 0.10 percent at $52.23 a
    Canadian government bond prices were higher across a flatter
yield curve in sympathy with U.S. Treasuries and German Bunds.
The two-year            edged up 0.5 Canadian cent to yield
1.467 percent and the 10-year             climbed 22 Canadian
cents to yield 2.022 percent.
    On Wednesday, the 2-year yield touched its lowest since
Sept. 6 at 1.374 percent.

 (Reporting by Fergal Smith; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)