Canadian dollar strengthens to three-week high as greenback broadly slides

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar strengthened to its highest in more than three weeks against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday as the greenback broadly fell and investors awaited clues on the prospect of a deal to revamp the NAFTA trade pact.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. and Canada Dollar notes in an illustration photograph taken on June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration/File Photo

At 9:22 a.m. (1322 GMT), the Canadian dollar CAD=D4 was trading 0.2 percent higher at C$1.2894 to the greenback, or 77.56 U.S. cents. The currency touched its strongest since Aug. 28 at C$1.2890.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday he wanted to see flexibility from the United States if the two sides are to reach a deal on renewing the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Washington insists must be finished by the end of the month.

The U.S. dollar .DXY fell to a nine-week low against a basket of major currencies as investors shifted their focus from a trade row between China and the United States to the Federal Reserve's monetary tightening plans.

A bounce in world stocks on relief that fresh U.S. and Chinese tariffs on reciprocal imports were less harsh than feared continued, although investors remained wary about the next steps in the US-Sino trade war.

Canada runs a current account deficit and exports many commodities, so its economy could be hurt if the global flow of trade or capital slows.

The price of oil, one of Canada’s major exports, added to recent gains even after U.S. President Donald Trump called on OPEC to “get prices down now!” ahead of a meeting of major oil exporters in Algeria this weekend.

U.S. crude CLc1 prices were up 0.6 percent at $71.54 a barrel.

Canada added 13,600 jobs in August, driven by hiring in the finance, construction and manufacturing industries, according to a report from ADP.

Canada’s inflation report for August and July retail sales data are due on Friday.

Canadian government bond prices were lower across a steeper yield curve, with the 10-year CA10YT=RR falling 12 Canadian cents to yield 2.436 percent. The 10-year yield touched its highest intraday since May 24 at 2.443 percent.

Reporting by Fergal Smith; Editing by Nick Zieminski