Reuters - The Canadian dollar weakened against its US counterpart on Monday, but traded in a narrow range as investors braced for top-tier domestic data.
Canadian data on Tuesday is expected to show that the economy grew by just 0.1% in August, which would support expectations for slower growth in the third quarter after a strong first half of the year.
Canada’s employment report for October and the trade report for September are also due on Friday.
The Canadian dollar has been the weakest performer of the G10 currencies since the Bank of Canada last raised interest rates in September, and some strategists predict more declines in value after the central bank on Wednesday dialled back expectations for more hikes this year.
The central bank also raised rates in July, which was the first hike in nearly seven years. Its policy rate sits at 1%.
At 9:22 a.m. ET (1322 GMT), the Canadian dollar was trading at C$1.2847 to the greenback, or 77.84 US cents, down 0.2%.
The currency traded in a range of C$1.2812 to C$1.2855.
On Friday, it touched its weakest level in more than three months at C$1.2916.
Prices of oil, one of Canada’s major exports, rose on expectations that OPEC-led production cuts would be extended beyond March, though rising Iraqi exports put a lid on prices.
U.S. crude prices were up 0.41% at $54.12 a barrel.
Bullish bets on the loonie have held near their highest levels in about five years, data from the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Reuters calculations showed on Friday. As of October 24, Canadian dollar net long positions had dipped to 72,332 contracts from 75,086 a week earlier.
Canadian government bond prices were higher across a flatter yield curve in sympathy with U.S. Treasuries as investors awaited U.S. President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Reserve.
The two-year rose 1.5 Canadian cents to yield 1.418% and the 10-year climbed 18 Canadian cents to yield 1.966%.