November 7, 2011 / 1:23 PM / 9 years ago

CANADA FX DEBT-C$ struggles for direction on Europe news

 * C$ flat at C$1.0166 vs US$, or 98.37 U.S. cents
 * Bond prices rise as Italian yields surge
 By Claire Sibonney
 TORONTO, Nov 7 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar was little
changed against the U.S. dollar on Monday morning as political
turmoil in Italy overshadowed a government coalition deal in
Greece to help secure its latest bailout package and avoid a
 Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faced rebellion
from his party ahead of a critical parliament vote on Tuesday
to debate austerity cuts, with the opposition also preparing a
motion of no confidence in the leader. For details, see
 In Greece, Prime Minister George Papandreou sealed a deal
with the opposition on a crisis coalition to approve an
international bailout. [ID:nL6E7M707J]
 "What happens in Europe really completely sets the tone for
the market risk environment that exists globally," said Jack
Spitz, managing director of foreign exchange at National Bank
 Riskier assets cut earlier losses in choppy trade on market
rumblings that Berlusconi could resign soon and after a Greek
government official said Papandreou and opposition leader
Antonis Samaras will hold more talks on Monday. [ID:nA8E7M501F]
and [ID:nL6E7M60C8]
"Whether it's Greece and the ongoing shenanigans with
respect to Papandreou ... or whether it's now Italy and the
issues facing Berlusconi, it's all about structural financial
reform in Europe and how tough it is to enact legislation and
find stable enough governments to get it going," added Spitz.
  At 8:05 a.m. (1305 GMT), the Canadian dollar CAD=D3
stood at C$1.0166 versus the greenback, or 98.37 U.S. cents,
little changed from Friday's North American session finish at
C$1.0167 to the U.S. dollar, or 98.36 U.S. cents.
 Spitz said there was U.S. dollar support near the 20-day
moving average at C$1.0123 and the 50-day moving average at
C$1.0103. He noted U.S. dollar resistance around
C$1.0210-1.0230, where there was a congestion of offers for
most of last week.
 Canadian government bond prices advanced across the curve,
following U.S. Treasuries higher as a surge in Italian yields
on political uncertainty brought back fears that the euro zone
debt crisis may spiral out of control. [US/]
 The two-year bond CA2YT=RR rose 2 Canadian cents to yield
0.923 percent, while the 10-year bond CA10YT=RR climbed 16
Canadian cents to yield 2.145 percent.
  (Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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