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Forex Market News - CANADA FX DEBT-C$ sinks with oil, bonds turn lower
* Canadian dollar falls, underperforms on the crosses
* Auto industry in Canada and United States in focus
* Bonds flat to lower as stocks turn higher
TORONTO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar fell
against the U.S. dollar on Friday, and dropped sharply versus
the euro, as oil prices retreated and the survival of the North
American auto industry was put in question.
Canadian bond prices were flat to lower as a rebound in
stock markets erased early gains made in the bond market on
shaky U.S. retail sales data.
The Canadian dollar finished at C$1.2512 to the U.S.
dollar, or 79.92 U.S. cents, down from C$1.2337 to the U.S.
dollar, or 81.06 U.S. cents, at Thursday's close when it shot
up 2 U.S. cents.
The Canadian currency fell early in the day alongside the
price of oil and trimmed losses as oil recovered a bit as the
day progressed. The currency generally moves with the price of
oil because Canada is a major oil exporter.
"I suppose it's the classic reversal in oil prices that's
doing part of it. It looks like commodity players in general
are being unfavorably viewed today," said Eric Lascelles, chief
economics and rates strategist at TD Securities.
"But the U.S. dollar is hardly a bastion of strength in its
The failure of a bailout package for the ailing U.S. auto
industry in Congress helped push both the Canadian and U.S.
dollars lower. But each made partial recoveries as the White
House said it may help the auto sector by tapping into part of
a $700 billion financial sector rescue package.
In Canada, where automakers are also looking for aid, the
Canadian government said it is open to helping the ailing
Because the auto industry woes affects both countries,
Adam Cole, global head of currency strategy at RBC Capital
Markets, looked at the Canadian dollar's performance against
"The fact that Canada is down versus the euro quite sharply
is a better barometer of the spillover that the market sees for
Canada from the U.S. problems," he said.
The Canadian dollar fell to C$1.6712 against the euro, or
59.84 euro cents, down sharply from C$1.6138, or 61.97 euro
cents, at the previous session.
BONDS FLAT TO LOWER
Canadian bond prices were flat to lower as stocks markets
rebounded on hopes that the troubled auto sector would not
collapse after all.
Bonds rose early in session, supported by data that showed
sales at U.S. retailers dropped for the fifth straight month in
November, although the drop was not as bad as expected. U.S.
consumer sentiment also fell.
"The main theme for much of the day was a selloff and now
we're starting to see a rally (in yields) into the end of the
week," TD's Lascelles said.
Longer term, market players expect bond prices to keep
rising as central banks are likely to continue to cut rates to
try to stimulate their economies.
The two-year bond rose 2 Canadian cents to C$102.43 to
yield 1.489 percent. The 10-year bond fell 18 Canadian cents to
C$109.42 to yield 3.093 percent.
The yield spread between the two-year and 10-year bond was
at 158 basis points, edging up from 157 basis points at the
The 30-year bond slipped 45 Canadian cents to C$121.50 to
yield 3.763 percent. In the United States, the 30-year Treasury
yielded 3.054 percent.
(Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; editing by Peter Galloway)
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