* C$ ends at 98.17 U.S. cents
* Bonds flat at short end, higher at long end
* Markets eye domestic GDP, jobs data later this week
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By Jennifer Kwan
TORONTO, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Canada's dollar eked out a
small gain against the U.S. currency on Monday as market
worries eased about Europe's ability to contain its credit
crisis following Ireland's bailout.
European Union finance ministers endorsed on the weekend an
85 billion euro loan package to help Ireland bridge its deficit
[ID:nLDE6AS08D] On Monday global equities dropped in reaction
and the greenback rose due to concerns about how Europe might
handle a wider crisis. Those concerns relaxed as the day
The Canadian currency CAD=D4, which fell to a low of
C$1.0258 to the U.S. dollar, or 97.48 U.S. cents, early in the
session, got a late-day boost as Toronto's resource-heavy stock
index rebounded, pushed up by firm oil and gold prices, and
U.S. stocks trimmed losses significantly. [.TO] [.N] [O/R]
"Initially there was some skepticism (about the Ireland
deal). That's still the case, perhaps, but at least for now the
market is willing to put it to one side," said Mark Chandler,
head of Canadian fixed income and currency strategy at RBC
"It's a big data week so maybe we can get Europe off the
front page for a while."
The Canadian dollar finished at C$1.0186 to the U.S.
dollar, or 98.17 U.S. cents, up slightly from C$1.0200 to the
U.S. dollar, or 98.04 U.S. cents, at Friday's close.
This week's heavy slate of key data includes economic
growth data for September and the third quarter, as well as
November employment data. ECONCA [ID:nN26127869]
The data will be used to help determine Bank of Canada
monetary policy, although markets say it is unlikely to have
much impact on the central bank's Dec. 7 interest rate
Markets are pricing in roughly a 94 percent chance that the
bank will not change its benchmark rate on Dec.7, according to
a Reuters calculation of yields on overnight index swaps, which
reflect expectations for the policy rate. BOCWATCH
The Bank of Canada recently said it would have to consider
any further rate hikes carefully given the patchy global
recovery and expected curbs on Canadian growth. For more
details, please see: [ID:nN27276109] [CA/POLL]
Canadian government bonds were flat, but followed U.S.
Treasuries higher at the longer end, said David Tulk, senior
macro strategist at TD Securities.
U.S. long-dated bond prices rose on Monday on Federal
Reserve bond purchases, while spreading concern over euro
countries' fiscal health also supported demand for safe-haven
The two-year government of Canada bond CA2YT=RR edged 1
Canadian cent higher to yield 1.663 percent, while the 10-year
bond CA10YT=RR rose 24 Canadian cents to yield 3.086 percent.
The 30-year bond CA30YT=RR climbed 80 Canadian cents to yield
(Reporting by Jennifer Kwan; editing by Peter Galloway)