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C$ firms after more upbeat Bank of Canada statement TORONTO: The Canadian dollar strengthened on Wednesday after the Bank of Canada said the country's economic recovery is broadening, while it cautioned that plunging oil prices are a risk and that the global economy is still struggling.The central bank, which held its policy rate unchanged at 1 percent as expected, noted that the impact of stronger Canadian exports was beginning to show in increased business investment and more jobs, but that lower prices for oil and other commodities could have a direct impact in lowering inflation.The Canadian dollar touched C$1.1346 to the greenback, or 88.14 US cents, following the bank's statement, stronger than Tuesday's close of C$1.1394, or 87.77 US cents."The tone of the communique was less dovish than the last several," said Craig Alexander, chief economist at Toronto-Dominion Bank."This was almost inescapable given the Bank of Canada had to acknowledge the stronger growth numbers in Canada, the improvement in ...

C$ weakens as falling oil prices outweigh robust GDP data TORONTO: The Canadian dollar fell sharply against the US dollar on Friday as tumbling US crude prices was the dominant driver for the currency, overshadowing higher-than-expected third-quarter Canadian growth figures.Crude oil prices hit a fresh four-year low following OPEC's decision on Thursday to keep current production levels unchanged, a move market participants said would leave oil markets oversupplied.US crude, in particular, was down nearly 6 percent from Wednesday's finish. US financial markets were closed on ...
US yields drop on weak US data, low euro zone rates NEW YORK: Benchmark US Treasury yields hit their lowest levels in over a month on Wednesday, while long-dated yields hit more than one-month lows for a second straight day on weaker-than-expected US economic data and continued low yields in Europe. A disappointing batch of US data underpinned the bid for safe-haven Treasuries.Analysts said the data gave the US Federal Reserve more reason to keep interest rates low and that the impact was pronounced given low ...
US yields hold near session highs after BoJ move NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields held near their session highs in early US trading on Friday in the aftermath of the Bank of Japan's stunning move to expansion of its asset-purchase program in an effort to boost its economy. The central bank of the world's third biggest economy decided to increase the pace at which it expands base money to about 80 trillion yen ($726 billion) per year. Previously, the BOJ targeted an annual increase ...
US bond prices edge up on weak data, Brazilian election NEW YORK: US Treasury debt prices inched higher on Monday in a safe-haven bid on concerns about weak US economic data and the steep drop in Brazil's stock market following the re-election of incumbent leftist Dilma Rousseff. Economic data on the world's largest economy wobbled again on Monday, as a slowing in the US services sector and a less-than-expected rise in pending home sales lifted US bond prices. US government 30-year bond yields, which move ...
US bond yields rise as data soothes jitters NEW YORK: US Treasuries yields rose on Thursday to their highest levels in over a week as domestic and overseas data reduced jitters about a year-end slowdown in the global economy, paring safe-haven demand for low-risk government debt. Benchmark yields were on track to rise for a third straight session above 2.50 percent as the US Labor Department said continued jobless claims fell to 2.35 million in the week ended Oct. 11, which was the ...
High-yield issuers set to jump on post-Fed rally NEW YORK: High-yield issuers are expected to jump on the rally in spreads sparked by Wednesday's announcement that the Fed will keep interest rates at zero for a "considerable time" to come. Some market participants expected the central bank to alter rates guidance on the back of improving economic data, but the central bank saw significant slack in the jobs market. That signaled rates are not about to rise sharply, as some had feared, leading ...

 



 
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Annual2013/14
Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
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WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
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