* C$ edges up to $1.0147
* Bond prices slip ahead of U.S. retail sales
TORONTO, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Canada's dollar ground higher in a tight range against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday, supported by by firmer oil prices and buoyant stocks ahead of U.S. retail sales data.
Canadian government bonds tracked U.S. Treasuries lower ahead of the U.S. data.
Chinese inflation data helped ease investor concerns on Tuesday that the world's No 2 economy will have to tighten monetary policy more aggressively, while steady European growth figures kept stocks buoyant. Wall Street looked set for modest gains at the open. [MKTS/GLOB]
The Canadian dollarmoved in a familiar range and not far off its firmest level of 2011, eyeing the C$0.9832 level, or $1.0171. It traded as high as C$0.9851 to the U.S. dollar, or $1.0151, and as low as C$0.9898 to the U.S. dollar, or $1.0103.
The broader range of the year so far, between C$0.9832-C$1.0111, has held largely because expectations on U.S. and Canadian interest rates have been relatively steady as neither the Canadian nor U.S. central banks have shifted their stances on interest rates, said Sacha Tihanyi, currency strategist at Scotia Capital.
U.S. retail figures, due at 8:30 a.m. EST (1330 GMT), may provide further direction for broader markets on Tuesday. Economists polled by Reuters expected a 0.6 percent rise in retail sales in January, matching December.
"I think it will really have to knock the socks off people to get (dollar/Canada) pushing below the Feb. 4 low. But it just seems the upside is constrained for the time being," said Tihanyi.
At 8 a.m. (1300 GMT), the Canadian dollar was at C$0.9855 to the U.S. dollar, or $1.0147, up from C$0.9885 to the U.S. dollar, or $1.0116, at Monday's North American session close.
The two-year Canadian government bondslipped 5 Canadian cents to yield 1.950 percent, while the 10-year bond fell 18 Canadian cents to yield 3.510 percent.
(Reporting by Ka Yan Ng, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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