August 27, 2019 / 2:12 PM / 3 months ago

CANADA FX DEBT-C$ climbs to 2-week high as hopes rise on global trade

    * Canadian dollar rises 0.1% against the greenback
    * Price of U.S. oil increases 1.3%
    * Loonie touches its strongest since Aug. 14 at 1.3225
    * Canadian bond prices gain across a flatter yield curve

    TORONTO, Aug 27 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar strengthened
to a nearly two-week high against its U.S. counterpart on
Tuesday as oil prices rose and investors became more optimistic
that the prolonged trade dispute between the United States and
China would be resolved.
    At 9:53 a.m. (1353 GMT), the Canadian dollar          was
trading 0.1% higher at 1.3240 to the greenback, or 75.53 U.S.
cents. The currency touched its strongest level since Aug. 14 at
1.3225.
    The United States and China sought to ease trade tensions on
Monday, with Beijing calling for calm and U.S. President Donald
Trump predicting a deal after markets fell in response to new
tariffs from both countries.             
    Canada exports many commodities, including oil, so its
economy could benefit from an improved outlook for global trade.
    U.S. crude        oil futures were up 1.3% at $54.32 a
barrel.
    Meanwhile, Canadian government bond prices were higher
across a flatter yield curve in sympathy with U.S. Treasuries.
The two-year            rose 3 Canadian cents to yield 1.381%
and the 10-year             was up 36 Canadian cents to yield
1.177%.
    Canada's gross domestic product data for the second quarter
is due on Friday, which could help guide expectations for next
week's interest rate decision by the Bank of Canada.
    Money markets expect an interest rate cut by the end of the
year.            

 (Reporting by Fergal Smith; EDiting by Steve Orlofsky)
  
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