*C$ rises to 97.70 U.S. cents
*Hit 6-wk high Monday when most Canada markets were closed
*Bond prices edge up with Treasuries
TORONTO, Aug 3 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar was firm near a six-week high against a declining U.S. currency on Tuesday, helped by rising oil prices but held back by growth concerns in the United States, Canada's biggest trading partner.
At 9:30 a.m. (1330 GMT), the Canadian dollarwas at C$1.0235 to the U.S. dollar, or 97.70 U.S. cents, up from C$1.0283 to the U.S. dollar, or 97.25 U.S. cents, at Friday's close.
Most Canadian financial markets were closed on Monday for a holiday, but the Canadian dollar shot as high as C$1.0204 to the U.S. dollar, or 98 U.S. cents, its highest level since June 22.
"It's been somewhat subdued since," said Shane Enright, executive director, foreign exchange sales, at CIBC World Markets.
"The Canadian dollar probably is struggling to keep up with some of the gains you've seen in other currencies against the U.S. just simply because part of the U.S. dollar weakness is based on the fact that growth prospects in the States seem to be diminishing."
Canada's economy is tied tight to the United States, which absorbs about three-quarters of its exports. Recent data has pointed to weaker U.S. growth.
Negative sentiment for the U.S. currency mounted after U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Monday that it has yet to recover fully and monetary policy must remain accommodative. [ID:nN02276865]
Canadian government bond prices edged up with U.S. Treasuries as investors mulled the Fed chairman's comments, and as disappointing corporate results weakened U.S. equity markets.
The Canadian two-year bondclimbed 6 Canadian cents to yield 1.429 percent, while the 10-year bond added 10 Canadian cents to yield 3.101 percent.
Jobs reports for July from Canada and the United States on Friday are the main event market event this week and could go a long way in determining views on recovery in the two countries.
The first look at Canada's third-quarter jobs data is expected to yield a modest gain of 15,000 jobs after impressive job creation in the first half of the year brought the labor market close to its pre-recession employment peak. The unemployment rate is expected to remain steady at 7.9 percent. [ID:nN30270191] (Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; editing by Peter Galloway)
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