By Commodity News Service Canada
Winnipeg – March 7/13 – CNS – The Canadian dollar was
trading at slightly firmer level versus the US currency in late
North American activity on Thursday. Friendly economic data in
Canada and an increased willingness to hold riskier currencies
helped to strengthen the Canadian dollar, market watchers said.
The Canadian currency late in the afternoon was quoted at
C$1.0291 (97.17 US cents). This compares with Wednesday’s late
North American quote of C$1.0315 (96.95 US cents).
Statistics Canada on Thursday reported that Canada’s trade
deficit narrowed in January to 237 million Canadian dollars from
C$332 million in December, and was considerably smaller than the
expected C$600 million shortfall. Exports advanced 2.1%, while
imports rose 1.9%.
The advances posted by global crude oil during the session
also aided in the upswing in the value of the Canadian currency,
On Friday, February jobs data for both Canada and the US
will be released. Pre-report expectations are suggesting that
about 8,000 were created in Canada that month, after a decline of
21,900 in January.
Canadian bonds were generally wealer across the yield curve
on Thursday following the path of US Treasurys.
Canada’s two-year bond yield was at 0.955% Thursday, from
0.934% Wednesday. The 10-year bond yielded 1.879%, from 1.849%.
Bond yields move inversely to bond prices.