CANADA FX DEBT-C$ rallies vs weaker greenback as rate hike bets firm

Reuters  | Jan 12, 2018 16:50

CANADA FX DEBT-C$ rallies vs weaker greenback as rate hike bets firm

(Adds portfolio manager quotes and details throughout; updates prices)

* Canadian dollar at C$1.2472, or 80.18 U.S. cents

* U.S. crude oil prices rise 0.8 percent

* Bond prices fall across much of the yield curve

By Fergal Smith

TORONTO, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar advanced against its broadly weaker U.S. counterpart on Friday as oil prices climbed and chances rose that the Bank of Canada will raise interest rates next week.

At 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT), the Canadian dollar CAD=D4 was up 0.4 at C$1.2472 to the greenback, or 80.18 U.S. cents. The currency traded in a range of C$1.2466 to C$1.2556.

For the week, the loonie lost 0.5 percent.

Investors took the view that the Bank of Canada will hike on Jan. 17 despite a more uncertain outlook for the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"They realize, all things being equal, that they have to be more hawkish and hike rates," said Greg Taylor, portfolio manager at Redwood Asset Management.

"It might be more of a dovish hike," Taylor said. "We have to start normalizing, but we really can't be more aggressive in our hiking stance due to some of the uncertainties around NAFTA."

Expectations that the Bank of Canada will boost interest rates for the third time since July had surged after recent blowout domestic jobs data.

Bets had been tempered by a Reuters report on Wednesday that Canada was increasingly convinced U.S. President Donald Trump would soon announce the United States intends to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. But the chances of a hike next week have since recovered to around 80 percent, the overnight index swaps market indicated. BOCWATCH

Canada, which sends about 75 percent of its exports to the United States, welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion that talks to modernize NAFTA could be extended beyond the end-March deadline, a move which might help break a deadlock at the negotiations. crude oil futures CLc1 settled 0.8 percent higher at $64.30 a barrel. Oil is one of Canada's major exports. have raised bullish bets on the Canadian dollar for the first time in three weeks, data from the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Reuters calculations showed. As of Jan. 9, net long positions had increased to 17,461 contracts from 14,739 a week earlier.

The U.S. dollar .DXY fell against a basket of major currencies as the euro extended its recent gains. government bond prices were lower across much of the yield curve in sympathy with U.S. Treasuries after data showed underlying U.S. consumer prices rose the most in 11 months. The 10-year CA10YT=RR fell 9 Canadian cents to yield 2.178 percent.

Thank you for trying AMP!

You got lucky! We have no ad to show to you!

Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information contained within this website including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading in financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible. Currency trading on margin involves high risk, and is not suitable for all investors. Before deciding to trade foreign exchange or any other financial instrument you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite.
Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indices, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn't bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Sign out
Are you sure you want to sign out?
NoYes
CancelYes
Saving Changes