* C$ slightly lower at 98.86 U.S. cents
* Canadian bond prices flat to higher
TORONTO, Dec 9 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar weakened slightly against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday morning, pressured in part by firmness in the greenback.
The dollar edged up on Thursday, still supported by a jump in U.S. Treasury yields earlier this week, while the euro slipped after ratings agency Fitch downgraded Ireland's sovereign debt. [FRX/]
"What we did see overnight was broad-based U.S. dollar buying with the Canadian dollar weakening slightly against the U.S.," said Matthew Strauss, senior currency strategist at RBC Capital Markets.
"It's more a move into the U.S. dollar rather than the selling of the Canadian dollar."
At 7:55 a.m. (1255 GMT), the Canadian dollarstood at C$1.0115 to the U.S. dollar, or 98.86 U.S. cents, down a hair from Wednesday's finish at C$1.0108 to the U.S. dollar, or 98.93 U.S. cents.
Strauss said moves were minimal and the market was looking to the North American session for direction. The Bank of Canada is expected to release its Financial System Review later on Thursday morning, while economic releases include Canada's new housing price index and U.S. initial jobless claims data. [ECON/CA] [ECON/US]
"Commodities slightly up, equity futures slightly up, which suggests a bit of a risk appetite move, but that has not filtered through to the FX market," he said.
Key technical ranges in the short term include C$1.0139 to the U.S. dollar, a support level for the Canadian currency, said Strauss. A key Canadian dollar resistance level is at C$1.0078 to the greenback.
Canadian bond prices were largely flat to higher on Thursday, tracking U.S. Treasuries. Debt prices edged higher there as a better-than-expected bond auction the previous session encouraged buyers to creep back into the market, ending a two-day sell-off. [US/]
The two-year bondticked 2 Canadian cents higher to yield 1.679 percent, while the 10-year bond was unchanged to yield 3.264 percent. (Reporting by Jennifer Kwan; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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