* C$ lower at 96.99 U.S. cents
* Bond prices turn higher after data (Updates to midmorning, adds details)
TORONTO, June 17 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar turned lower on Thursday, while bonds charged higher, at midmorning as investors became more guarded after several data releases that suggested a tepid recovery.
Earlier, the Canadian dollar was firmer as investors were taking on more risk following Spanish bond issues that drew strong demand, which kept concerns about Europe's debt troubles at bay. [ID:nLDE65G1HJ]
But sentiment shifted after a disappointing wholesale trade figure for April in Canada and an unexpected rise in new weekly U.S. claims for jobless aid. Also, U.S. consumer prices notched their largest decline in nearly 1-1/2 years in May and factory activity in the mid-Atlantic region braked to its slowest pace in 10 months in June. [ID:N17207354] [ID:nN17254724]
"It feels like the market is generally taking a more cautious turn again," said Eric Lascelles, chief Canada macro strategist, at TD Securities.
"Part of it is the U.S. economic figures are looking soft, which is raising some doubt about the global recovery."
At 11:15 a.m. (1515 GMT), the Canadian currency was at C$1.0310 to the U.S. dollar, or 96.99 U.S. cents, down from Wednesday's finish at C$1.0254 to the U.S. dollar, or 97.52 U.S. cents.
The two-year government bondjumped 11 Canadian cents to yield 1.715 percent, while the 10-year bond gained 55 Canadian cents to yield 3.292 percent.
(Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; editing by Mario Di Simine )
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