* C$ ends at C$1.0202 vs US$, or 98.02 U.S. cents
* Beige Book dampens risk appetite
* Equities, euro lower amid debt crisis worries
TORONTO, Oct 19 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar ended
weaker against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday as a dimmer
economic outlook from the U.S. Federal Reserve and worries
about Europe's debt crisis drove investors away from risk.
World stocks declined and the euro pared gains after
optimism faded that European leaders will make substantial
progress on the euro zone debt crisis this weekend.
A report from the Federal Reserve that the U.S. economic
outlook dimmed in September and cautionary comments from a key
Fed official also sapped sentiment, sending riskier assets
including the Canadian dollar lower.
"The Beige Book wasn't exactly optimistic and Rosengren's
comments were also somewhat pessimistic, and that combined with
ongoing volatility as a result of headline risk, predominantly
out of the euro zone, are all causing equities to pull back and
high beta currencies to be falling back in tandem," said Jack
Spitz, managing director of foreign exchange at National Bank.
The Canadian dollar
ended the North American
session at C$1.0202 to the U.S. dollar, or 98.02 U.S. cents,
near the session low and below Tuesday's North American session
close at C$1.0144 to the U.S. dollar, or 98.58 U.S. cents.
The currency had rallied early in the day on optimism that
European policymakers would make progress at a weekend summit
to address the region's debt crisis, but gloomy news from the
U.S. Fed sent investors into a risk-averse mood.
In its regular Beige Book economic summary, the Fed said
the U.S. outlook weakened, leading businesses to be wary of
spending and of building up inventories ahead of the holiday
sales season. [ID:nN1E79I1EX]
At the same time, Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said
the central bank may need to do more to boost the U.S. economy
should it weaken further or if it is hit by a new shock.
U.S. stocks fell after the Beige Book was released, while
Treasury debt prices rose on its glum economic outlook.
Weaker-than-expected Canadian data also dragged on the
Canada's composite leading indicator dropped by 0.1 percent
in September from August, the first fall in a year, on lower
stock markets and weakness in the manufacturing sector, bucking
market expectations for a 0.1 percent gain. [ID:nN1E79I0AM]
Canadian bond prices pared losses but ended the day lower.
The two-year Canadian government bond
was down 3.5
Canadian cents to yield 1.033 percent, while the 10-year bond
was down 17 Canadian cents to yield 2.332 percent.
Canada's sale of two-year government bonds met with softer
but still healthy demand as ample supply kept buyers in check
and progress on the European debt crisis boosted risk appetite
earlier in the session. [ID:nN1E79I1IS]
In other news, the Bank of Canada said it will increase its
minimum purchases at government bond auctions to 20 percent of
debt being sold from the current 15 percent to accommodate a
projected increase in liabilities. [ID:nN1E79I1UO]
(Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)