* C$ hits session low of $1.0091
* U.S. jobless claims jump most in 6 months
* U.S., Canada trade deficits narrow unexpectedly
* Bonds prices mixed following data
(Updates after U.S., Canada data)
TORONTO, Jan 13 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar hit a
session low against the U.S. dollar on Thursday after weak U.S.
employment data, despite a report showing both Canada and U.S.
trade deficits narrowed more than than expected.
U.S. jobless claims jumped last week to their highest level
since October, suggesting the labor market is still in a rut
despite signs of improvement in the economy. [ID:nN12216591]
Signs of stronger growth in the United States, the
destination for most of Canada's exports, had helped the
Canadian dollar higher in recent weeks.
dropped as far as C$0.9910 to it U.S.
counterpart, or $1.0091, from around C$0.9888 right before the
slew of reports were released.
Heading into the data, the currency was slightly weaker to
begin with, but still held above parity against the greenback.
It remained in a tight trading range as investors were
reluctant to take the currency much past a 31-month high hit in
the previous session, which marked the 12th straight session of
gains as it broke through a key resistance level.
"The Canadian dollar is not likely to do much. It looks
like it's going to consolidate its recent gains," said Michael
O'Neill, managing director at Knightsbridge Foreign Exchange.
O'Neill expects the currency to trade between C$0.9850 and
C$0.9940 for the rest of the session.
"It's still basically the flavor of the year. As long as
oil is staying bid and the U.S. dollar regains some footing,
you should see some more selling of euro and buying of Canada,"
Brent oil futures climbed towards $100 a barrel on
Thursday, piling pressure on OPEC to raise production to
prevent high prices hurting the world economy. [O/R]
At 9:01 a.m. (1401 GMT), the Canadian dollar was at
C$0.9894 to the U.S. dollar, or $1.0107, slightly down from
Wednesday's North American close at C$0.9869 to the U.S.
dollar, or $1.0133.
Several analysts had forecast the currency could slide
before climbing further, hurt by the reluctance of traders to
test near-record highs. For details, see [ID:nN12235221]
Supporting the currency somewhat, a decline in imports
helped Canada's trade deficit narrow unexpectedly in November
to C$81 million from a revised C$1.48 billion in October.
The U.S. trade deficit for the month also shrunk more than
Canadian bond prices were mixed following the mixed batch
of data, as Treasuries gained slightly. [US/]
The two-year bond
was flat to yield 1.751
percent, while the 10-year bond dropped 9 Canadian
cents to yield 3.270 percent.
(Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)