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C$ at four-week high vs U.S. dollar as oil output cut pact helps

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar rose to a four-week high against its U.S. counterpart on Monday, as oil prices edged higher after a landmark deal by OPEC and its allies to cut output.

FILE PHOTO: A Canadian dollar coin, commonly known as the "Loonie", is pictured in this illustration picture taken in Toronto, January 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

The Canadian dollar CAD=D4 was at C$1.387 to the greenback, or 72.09 U.S. cents, stronger than Friday's close of C$1.3953, or 71.7 U.S. cents.

The price of oil, one of Canada’s major exports, fluctuated on Monday as the positive impact of major producers agreeing on record global output cuts was offset by concerns the reductions will not be sufficient to reduce a glut as the coronavirus outbreak hammers demand.

Brent LCOc1 futures rose 26 cents, or 0.8%, to settle at $31.74 a barrel.

OPEC and allies led by Russia agreed on Sunday to the output cut to prop up oil prices amid the COVID-19 pandemic and said they had an unprecedented deal with fellow oil nations, including the United States, to curb global oil supply by 20%.

Measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus have destroyed demand for fuel and driven down oil prices, straining budgets of oil producers.

“Oil markets remain on volatile ground given the significant reduction in demand,” said Joe Manimbo, senior market analyst at Western Union Business Solutions.

“Canada’s main event risk arrives with a Bank of Canada decision Wednesday. Central bankers’ assessment of the economy and their willingness to do more to support growth will be of critical importance in shaping loonie sentiment,” Manimbo said.

The Bank of Canada is set to release an interest rate decision on Wednesday.

Canadian government bond prices were little changed with the yield on the benchmark 10-year CA10YT=RR down about 1 basis point at 0.748%.

Reporting by Saqib Iqbal Ahmed; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Peter Cooney

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