April 8, 2020 / 8:00 PM / 4 months ago

CANADA FX DEBT-Loonie pares its recent gains ahead of Thursday's jobs report

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    * Canadian dollar falls 0.2% against the greenback
    * Canadian building permits likely fall 23.2% in March
    * Price of U.S. oil settles 6.2% higher
    * Canada's 5-year yield eases 1.8 basis points

    By Fergal Smith
    TORONTO, April 8 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar weakened
against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday, with the loonie
giving back some of its gains since March as more signs emerged
of domestic economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak and
ahead of jobs data on Thursday.
    At 3:27 p.m. (1927 GMT), the Canadian dollar        was
trading 0.2% lower at 1.4027 to the greenback, or 71.29 U.S.
cents. The currency traded in a range of 1.3988 to 1.4081.
    "The weakness in the Canadian dollar is a bit of a puzzle,
especially with its commodity cousins much higher," said Adam
Button, chief currency analyst at ForexLive. "At least part of
it reflects the unusual outperformance of the Canadian dollar
recently." 
    Commodity-linked currencies such as the Australian dollar
and the New Zealand dollar both gained, while the price of oil,
one of Canada's major exports, settled 6.2% higher at $25.09 a
barrel on hopes that major producers would agree to cut output.
            
    The loonie has rebounded 4.6% since hitting a four-year low
on March 19. On Tuesday, it touched an 11-day high at 1.3941.   
    The value of Canadian building permits has likely fallen
23.2% year-over-year in March, Statistics Canada said in a
preliminary flash estimate, while officials said a total of 4.26
million people had applied for all forms of emergency
unemployment since March 15.                         
    Canada's employment report for March is due on Thursday.    
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said firms would only have to
show that their year-on-year revenues had dropped by 15% in
March, down from a 30% cap set earlier, to be eligible to claim
a 75% wage subsidy for their employees.
    Canadian government bond yields edged lower across much of
the curve. The 5-year            was down 1.8 basis points at
0.658%.

 (Reporting by Fergal Smith; Editing by David Gregorio and Peter
Cooney)
  
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