* C$ rises to 95.24 U.S. cents
* Bonds slip as risk appetite on
TORONTO, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Canada's dollar edged higher against the U.S. currency on Thursday, while bond prices slipped, as risk appetite was held over from the previous session.
North American stock markets looked set to rise, extending gains made on Wednesday on upbeat manufacturing surveys from the United States and China, although European markets were a touch weaker.
Thursday's slate of U.S. data was not expected to provide too much volatility ahead of Friday's critical U.S. nonfarm payrolls report for August.
On tap were July data for factory orders, which are expected to rise 0.3 percent after a decline of 1.2 percent in June, and pending home sales, seen falling 1 percent after dropping 2.6 percent the previous month.
"Looking at the data news there's not a lot that I think can really push the market one way or another. I'm tempted to think that the softer tone from overseas could easily carry over into today's market but nothing too sharp of a decline," said David Tulk, senior macro strategist at TD Securities.
"I see a fair bit of positioning ahead of that (U.S. nonfarm payrolls) release and if anything, it's a bit of a consolidation of yesterday's gains."
At 8:10 a.m. (1210 GMT), the Canadian dollarwas at C$1.0500 to the U.S. dollar, or 95.24 U.S. cents, up from C$1.0520 to the U.S. dollar, or 95.06 U.S. cents, at Wednesday's close. It had jumped more than a penny the previous session as risk appetite rose on strong economic data that soothed investor fears about the lagging recovery.
Canada's two-year bonddipped 3 Canadian cents to yield 1.282 percent, while the 10-year issue dropped 24 Canadian cents to yield 2.875 percent.
Domestic economic reports were finished earlier in the week with a below-forecast reading on second-quarter economic growth, leaving market players to consider how external data, such as Friday's U.S. jobs report, will influence the Bank of Canada heading into next week's rate decision. [ID:nN31235915] [ID:nN31256397]
The sputtering U.S. economy has displaced European debt problems as the top worry for Canadian policymakers, but even as gloom settles over the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Bank of Canada looks set to raise rates for a third time this year. [ID:nN01259189]
The Bank of Canada's Sept. 8 rate decision is one of the closest calls in some time, with market pricing, as measured by a Reuters calculation of yields on overnight index swaps, were roughly split on whether the central bank would lift rates..
Most of Canada's primary securities dealers, surveyed by Reuters on Tuesday, still forecast the central bank will raise its key rate by a quarter point to 1.0 percent, and then stand pat for the rest of the year because of the slowing economy. [ID:nN31267387]
Canadian assets were little changed by the European Central Bank's decision to keep interest rates on hold at a record low, as expected, amid a lopsided economic recovery and continued worries about the banking sector. [ID:nFRK015200]
Traders will be watching to see whether ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet, who is due to hold a news conference at 1230 GMT, makes a formal decision to extend liquidity to help the banking system as well as new economic forecasts. [FRX/]
(Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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