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CANADA FX DEBT-C$ sees biggest weekly drop since April as stocks tumble

Fergal Smith
·2 min read

(Adds dealer quotes and details throughout; updates prices) * Canadian dollar falls 1.5% for the week * Canadian GDP gains 1.2% in August * Price of U.S. oil settles 1.1% lower * Canadian bond yields rise across the curve By Fergal Smith TORONTO, Oct 30 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar was little changed against its broadly stronger U.S. counterpart on Friday as data showed further recovery in Canada's economy, with the currency steadying after a sharp decline earlier in the week. The Canadian dollar was trading nearly unchanged at 1.3320 to the greenback, or 75.08 U.S. cents, having traded in a range of 1.3280 to 1.3348. For the month it was also nearly unchanged, after falling since the start of the week by 1.5%, its biggest weekly decline since April. The sell-off this week for the loonie is part of "a broader move that is linked to the equity pullback," said Simon Côté, managing director, risk management solutions at National Bank Financial, adding that the currency's decline encouraged many corporate clients to step into the market to hedge their U.S. dollar receivables. Canada runs a current account deficit and is a major producer of commodities, including oil, so the loonie tends to be sensitive to the global flow of trade and capital. Wall Street's major indexes tumbled, dragged down by a slide in shares of tech heavyweights following their quarterly results, with a record rise in coronavirus cases and nerves over next week's U.S. presidential election adding to a downbeat mood. "The market doesn't like uncertainty and to the extent that the election brings uncertainty it could shake the market again," Côté said. The safe-haven U.S. dollar rose against a basket of major currencies, while U.S. crude oil futures settled 1.1% lower at $35.79 a barrel as rising COVID-19 infections heightened concerns over the demand outlook. The Canadian economy grew by 1.2% in August, the fourth consecutive monthly gain, while a flash estimate showed further expansion of 0.7% in September. Canadian government bond yields rose across the curve, with the 5-year up 3.8 basis points at 0.405%. (Reporting by Fergal Smith; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Pritha Sarkar)