C$ pares monthly gain as data shows record economic contraction

FILE PHOTO: A Canadian dollar coin, commonly known as the "Loonie", is pictured in this illustration picture taken in Toronto January 23, 2015. The Canadian dollar strengthened against the U.S. dollar on Friday after Canadian CPI data showed an increase in core inflation. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar weakened against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday, giving up some of this month’s gain, as Sino-U.S. tensions rose and domestic data showed a record economic contraction in April due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Canadian dollar CAD= was trading 0.2% lower at 1.3678 to the greenback, or 73.11 U.S. cents. The currency, which is on track to rise 0.7% in June, traded in a range of 1.3652 to 1.3699.

Canada’s real gross domestic product plunged 11.6% in April from March, data from Statistics Canada showed. The decline was less than the 13% predicted by analysts, but a flash estimate for a 3% rebound in May was more muted than some forecasters had expected.

U.S. index futures dipped as Washington began to eliminate Hong Kong’s special status under U.S. law in response to China’s national security law on the territory and after California and Texas marked a record spike in coronavirus cases on Monday.

Canada runs a current account deficit and is a major producer of commodities, including oil, so the loonie tends to be sensitive to the global flow of trade and capital.

U.S. crude CLc1 prices were down 1.8% at $38.99 a barrel, pressured by rising COVID-19 cases and a possible return of Libyan oil production.

Canadian government bond yields were little changed across the curve, with the 10-year CA10YT=RR trading near flat at 0.508%.

Canadian financial markets will be closed on Wednesday for the Canada Day holiday.

Reporting by Fergal Smith; Editing by Steve Orlofsky