December 31, 2010 / 2:24 PM / 10 years ago

CANADA FX DEBT-Canadian dollar hits highest since mid-April

   * Canadian dollar above par at $1.0009
 * Muted volumes in bond market
 TORONTO, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Canada's dollar pushed through
a key level to hit its highest since mid-April against the U.S.
currency on Friday in scant New Year's Eve trading volume.
 The Canadian dollar reached C$0.9959 to the U.S. dollar,
its highest since April 21, before trimming gains to around the
C$0.9975 that had been the key support level.
 Analysts said the break was under very thin trading
conditions on the last day of the year, but a test of the
technical support level at C$0.9931 to the U.S. dollar, reached
in April, may be possible.
 At 9:15 a.m. (1415 GMT), the Canadian dollar CAD=CAD=D3
was at C$0.9991 to the U.S. dollar, or $1.0009, up from
Thursday's close at par with the U.S. dollar, which was the
first finish at the one-for-one level since Nov. 10.
 "The market does appear to have some optimism built into
it, just like yesterday. We've seen a bit of a breakout in
terms of the dollar/Canada range that has dominated in the last
few sessions ... but it's thin and it's the year end," said
Jack Spitz, managing director of foreign exchange at National
Bank Financial.
 Slim trading volumes ahead of the New Year's holiday may
bring choppy conditions for the Canadian dollar but, overall,
analysts expect the currency will hover around parity heading
into 2011.
 Commodity currencies including the Canadian dollar and the
Australian dollar remained in favor on expectations that Asia
will lead a robust global recovery in 2011. The price of oil,
however, was softer on Friday but Canada's dollar held firm.
 Canadian government bond prices were little changed in a
quiet start to the last session of the year. Minimal volumes
were expected with an early bond market close. The two-year
bond CA2YT=RR was up 3 Canadian cents to yield 1.698 percent,
while the 10-year bond CA10YT=RR was off 1 Canadian cent to
yield 3.159 percent.
 (Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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