* C$ edges up to 95.59 U.S. cents
* Bonds little changed
TORONTO, Aug 23 (Reuters) - Canada's dollar was higher against the U.S. currency on Monday morning, helped by a firmer tone to equity markets and moderate gains in the price of oil.
U.S. and Canadian equity market futures suggested a rise at the open, as sentiment was lifted by several potential mergers and deals. Overseas stock markets were also up. [MKTS/GLOB] [ID:nN23188017] <0#SXF:>
The price of oil rebounded from a six-week low to top $74 a barrel, giving a lift to Canada's commodity-linked currency. Canada is a net exporter of oil, and the currency often tracks the movement in oil prices.
The currency begins the week a little firmer after last week's swing between C$1.0247-C$1.0515 as it digested a takeover bid for Potash Corp by BHP Billiton as well as a slate of disappointing economic data from around the world. [ID:nSGE67J03V]
"After last week, everyone sort of took a deep breath and is (trying to) reevalutate the situation. Maybe there seems to be a touch more optimism today," said David Tulk, senior macro strategist at TD Securities.
At 8:15 a.m. (1415 GMT), Canada's currency was at C$1.0461 to the U.S. dollar, or 95.59 U.S. cents, up from C$1.0488, or 95.35 U.S. cents, at Friday's close. Currency watchers put the day's trading range between C$1.0400-C$1.0500.
No domestic data is on tap on Monday, leaving few catalysts to drive government bonds, until Tuesday when retail sales for June are published. A speech by Bank of Canada Deputy Governor John Murray will also be closely monitored for clues on the path of future interest rates ahead of the next rate decision on Sept. 8.
"This will give them an opporturnity to actually signal their intentions going into the meeting. It's the last opportunity they have to say something publicly," said Tulk.
A poll conducted by Reuters on Friday showed Canada's primary securities dealers still predict the central bank will raise interest rates for a third time this year in September, but uninspiring economic data has cast doubt on the pace of future increases. [ID:nN20198572] [CA/POLL]
Markets have been pricing in less certainty, however. Yields on overnight index swaps, which trade based on expectations for the Bank of Canada's key policy rate, showed sentiment was divided over the likelihood of a rate increase next month.
Canada's two-year bonddipped 1 Canadian cent to yield 1.304 percent, while the 10-year bond was off 1 Canadian cent to yield 2.928 percent.
(Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
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