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CANADA FX DEBT-Canadian dollar steadies as investors weigh higher virus deaths

    * Canadian dollar trades near flat against the greenback
    * Loonie trades in a range of 1.3241 to 1.3271
    * Price of U.S. oil increases 0.9%
    * Canadian bond yields eased across the yield curve

    TORONTO, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar was little
changed against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday, holding on to
its previous day's gains as oil prices rose and investors
assessed a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus deaths and
infections.
    The price of oil, one of Canada's major exports, increased
despite lower OPEC and IEA demand forecasts due to the
coronavirus outbreak in China, the world's biggest oil importer.
U.S. crude        oil futures were up 0.9% at $51.64 a barrel.
            
    Stocks globally          fell after China reported 254 new
deaths, double the previous day's toll, amplified significantly
by using new methods to confirm the virus.             
    At 10:00 a.m. (1500 GMT), the Canadian dollar          was
trading nearly unchanged at 1.3247 to the greenback, or 75.49
U.S. cents. The currency, which on Wednesday notched a nine-day
high at 1.3237, traded in a range of 1.3241 to 1.3271.
    The steady profile for the loonie came as Bank of Canada
Governor Stephen Poloz, speaking in Melbourne, Australia, said
that Canada's economy is in a pretty good place.             
    Last month, the central bank opened the door to an interest
rate cut should a recent slowdown in domestic growth persist.
But data since then has showed that the economy added more than
twice the number of jobs than expected in January.
                        
    Canadian government bond yields eased across the yield curve
in sympathy with U.S. Treasuries on Thursday despite data
showing U.S. underlying consumer prices rose in January. The
10-year yield fell 1 basis point to 1.386%.             
 

 (Reporting by Fergal Smith; Editing by David Gregorio)
  
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