June 3, 2019 / 1:35 PM / 4 months ago

CANADA FX DEBT-C$ extends recovery from 5-month low as oil rallies

    * Canadian dollar rises against the greenback
    * Price of U.S. oil increases nearly 2%
    * Canadian bond prices climb across a steeper yield curve
    * Canada's 10-year yield hits a two-year low at 1.453%

    TORONTO, June 3 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar strengthened
against its U.S. counterpart on Monday as oil prices rose,
recovering from a nearly five-month low on Friday when investors
worried about potential U.S. tariffs on Mexico. 
    Mexico and Canada said on Friday they would proceed with
plans to ratify a new continental trade pact despite a threat
from U.S. President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on Mexico
unless a surge of illegal immigrants ceased. Critics say that
could undermine chances of the treaty coming into force.
            
    Canada sends about 75 percent of its exports to the United
States, including oil, so its economy could be hurt by a more
uncertain outlook for North American trade.
    The price of oil rebounded after last week's heavy declines 
on reassurances over production from top oil exporter Saudi
Arabia, the de-facto leader of the Organization of the Petroleum
Exporting Countries. U.S. crude oil futures        were up 1.9%
at $54.54 a barrel.             
    At 9:00 a.m. (1300 GMT), the Canadian dollar          was
trading 0.2% higher at 1.3487 to the greenback, or 74.15 U.S.
cents. The currency traded in a range of 1.3485 to 1.3526.
    The loonie, which fell in May for the fourth straight month,
on Friday touched its lowest since Jan. 3 at 1.3565.
    Data on Friday showed that the Canadian economy barely grew
in the first quarter, but signs of a strong recovery in March
supported the Bank of Canada's view that the slowdown would be
temporary.             
    Speculators have cut their bearish bets on the Canadian
dollar for the second straight week, data from the U.S.
Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Reuters calculations
showed on Friday. As of May 28, net short positions had fallen
to 39,423 contracts from 42,236 in the prior week.    
    Canadian government bond prices were higher across a steeper
yield curve in sympathy with U.S. Treasuries on Monday. The
two-year            rose 8 Canadian cents to yield 1.387% and
the 10-year             climbed 25 Canadian cents to yield
1.462%.
    The 10-year yield fell to its lowest since June 2017 at
1.453%.        

 (Reporting by Fergal Smith; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)
  
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