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C$ drops to six-year low on big data miss, cheap oil TORONTO: The Canadian dollar touched its weakest level against the US dollar in more than six years on Wednesday as data showed Canadian wholesale sales tumbled in January, while crude prices extended their dive as US oil in storage hit a record high.The currency had been sidelined for much of this week ahead of a policy statement from US Federal Reserve due later in the session, mainly staying just below the key psychological level of C$1.28 to the greenback before Wednesday's action. Market participants will parse through the Fed's language for hints on whether it will hike interest rates as early as this summer, or continue to wait."What you've seen in the last little bit is a little bit of froth in the US dollar market in general," said Brad Schruder, director of foreign exchange sales at BMO Capital Markets.Schruder said the US dollar's strength has been driven by economic ...

Dollar weakens vs major currencies as Fed decision looms NEW YORK: The dollar slid against most major currencies on Wednesday as investors continued to pare back over-extended greenback positions ahead of a key U.S. Federal Reserve statement later in the day following the Fed's two-day policy meeting.Market participants are anticipating the Fed will likely drop the word "patient" from its statement with respect to raising interest rates, which could pave the way for a rate increase in June or September this year."The key risk ...
Colombia peso gains ahead of Fed; real extends slide SAO PAULO: Latin American currencies mostly weakened on Tuesday, though Colombia's peso retraced some recent losses as traders positioned for the US Federal Reserve's next policy statement.Equities markets were mixed, with the broad MSCI Latin American stock index slightly higher.Traders remained cautious ahead of the Fed's announcement, expected on Wednesday. Signals that the bank could raise interest rates sooner than previously expected will likely drive emerging market currencies lower.Colombia's peso ended a three-day slump, however, ...
US dollar slides on weak data; investors await Fed NEW YORK: The dollar fell for a second straight day against major currencies on Tuesday, pressured yet again by unexpectedly weak US economic data as the Federal Reserve started a two-day policy meeting. The dollar index was on pace for its largest two-day loss since mid-February. Investors do not expect any change to the Fed's benchmark interest rate, which has been pinned between zero and 0.25 percent for six years. But they do anticipate the ...
C$ flat ahead of Fed decision; oil prices extend losses TORONTO: The Canadian dollar was mostly flat against its US counterpart on Tuesday despite a further slide in crude prices, as investors looked ahead to the US Federal Reserve's latest monetary policy decision and guidance.Brent crude prices traded at their lowest level since early February, while US crude hovered just above the six-year lows touched on Monday, as worries over an increasing supply glut grew. Canada is a major oil exporter, and the economy has ...
US dollar down again on weak data, investors await Fed NEW YORK: The dollar fell for a second straight day on Tuesday, weighed down again by unexpectedly weak U.S. economic data as the Federal Reserve started a two-day policy meeting.The dollar index was on pace for its largest two-day loss since early February.Investors do not expect any change to the Fed's benchmark interest rate, which has been pinned between zero and 0.25 percent for six years. But they anticipate the Fed dropping the word "patient" ...
Dollar pulls back after tepid US data NEW YORK: The dollar weakened broadly Monday after tepid US data left the market cautious ahead of a Federal Reserve monetary policy decision this week.The market generally is expecting the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Fed's policy arm, will remove the "patient" language regarding an increase in interest rates from its statement Wednesday after a two-day meeting.A batch of mediocre US economic indicators on Monday supported the view that the Fed's rate hike could ...

 



 
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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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