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C$ firms on rising oil; jobs data in focus TORONTO: The Canadian dollar strengthened against the greenback on Thursday, powered by oil prices that surged to three-month highs.The move in crude, a major Canadian export, came after a closely watched oil forecaster predicted prices would rise to $75 a barrel over the next two years. US crude oil futures settled up $1.62, or 3.39 percent, at $49.43 after touching $50.07.The Canadian dollar ended at C$1.3017 to the greenback, or 76.82 US cents, stronger than the Bank of Canada's official close of C$1.3065, or 76.54 US cents on Wednesday.The currency traded between C$1.2979 and C$1.3074 during the session."It's very much a reflection of what's going on in WTI (West Texas Intermediate crude), trading through $50 for the first time in a few months," said Jack Spitz, managing director of foreign exchange at National Bank Financial, adding that the move also inspired some offers in USD/CAD."Once again, as we saw yesterday ...

C$ near 2 month highs, bolstered by oil price rally TORONTO: The Canadian dollar firmed for the sixth straight session against the US dollar on Wednesday, touching levels not seen in nearly two months as crude oil prices pushed higher on evidence supplies were falling and demand was rising.Oil, a major Canadian export, has been a significant drag on the loonie for more than a year now, with the currency plunging to multi-year lows alongside crude prices that have more than halved since June 2014.Oil ...
C$ ekes out gain as oil offsets trade deficit hit TORONTO: The Canadian dollar extended its four-day advance against the greenback on Tuesday, as a rally in crude prices offset earlier losses due to data that showed Canada's trade deficit widened in August as exports slumped.Exports fell by 3.6 percent, the largest decline since January 2012, as exports of energy products sank 14.7 percent. The slump, which comes following two months of robust growth, pushed the country's trade deficit to C$2.53 billion, far off the ...
C$ firms after dismal US jobs data casts doubt on Fed hike TORONTO: The Canadian dollar rallied to a two-week high against its US counterpart on Friday following dismal US labor market data that raised fresh doubts the US economy was ready for an interest rate hike this year.Hiring outside of farming climbed by 142,000 in September, well below the 203,000 economists polled by Reuters had predicted. August figures, already below forecast, were revised sharply lower.The disappointing numbers sent the greenback down sharply, hitting a two-week low, ...
Dollar slumps after US jobs report disappoints NEW YORK: The dollar slumped on Friday, stung by a September US jobs report depicting slower hiring, which raised doubts the economy was strong enough for the Federal Reserve to raise US interest rates this year as had been widely anticipated. Losses for the dollar against the euro and Swiss franc topped 1 percent, and the dollar index was off nearly 1 percent after touching a low last seen on Sept. 24. Payrolls outside of ...
C$ rallies on softer greenback, surging crude prices TORONTO: The Canadian dollar rallied to almost two-week highs on Thursday against a broadly weaker US dollar and US crude prices that surged more than 4 percent.Crude oil, a major Canadian export, jumped in part on worries about potential damage to oil installations from a hurricane headed for the US East Coast. Plunging crude prices have dragged the loonie down sharply over the last year and remains a significant driver for the currency.The US dollar, ...
US forex broker FXCM says it has been hacked NEW YORK: Online foreign exchange market broker FXCM said Thursday it had been hacked in an intrusion that saw money withdrawn from some customer accounts."At this time FXCM has identified a small number of unauthorized wire transfers from customer accounts," the company said in a statement.But it added that all the money has been returned to the raided accounts and the affected customers have been notified.FXCM said it had received an email from a hacker ...


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