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C$ softens against rallying US$; focus turns to Bank of Canada  TORONTO: The Canadian dollar weakened on Monday against a stronger greenback, which touched 11-year highs against an index of major currencies on expectations the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates this year in contrast to moves by other major economies.Investor attention was also turning to the Bank of Canada's latest interest rate decision on Wednesday. The bank cut its benchmark rate by 25 basis points in January to 0.75 percent."Everyone's waiting for Bank of Canada now ... We still see broad downside risks for the Canadian dollar going forward, even if they were to hold off this week," said Bipan Rai, director of foreign exchange strategy at CIBC World Markets."What's going to move the Canadian dollar forward are going to be two main drivers: what the Bank of Canada is going to do and what the Fed is going to do."The markets had priced in as much as an 80 ...

C$ drops on oil, jump in current account deficit TORONTO: The Canadian dollar dropped against its US counterpart on Monday, pushed down by lower oil prices and data that showed the country's current account deficit growing faster than expected.Crude prices dropped after Iran said a deal on its nuclear program could be reached this week if the West lifts sanctions, a move that could boost the country's oil exports.The price of crude, a key Canadian export, has been under pressure due to excess supply ...
Dollar nudges 11-year high as euro gives up gains NEW YORK: The dollar edged up on Monday, with an index that tracks the greenback against major currencies touching an 11-year peak even after soft economic data.The euro, which is off nearly 10 percent in the last three months, had been up by as much as a third of a percent against the dollar on Monday but surrendered gains and last traded flat at $1.1192.The yen went through 120 against the dollar for the first ...
C$ weaker after Canada current account deficit widens TORONTO: The Canadian dollar pared early gains to turn weaker on Monday following a report showing the country's current account deficit was wider than expected. The Canadian dollar weakened to C$1.2505, or 79.97 US cents after the data. It had ended the North American session on Friday at C$1.2503 to the greenback, or 79.98 US cents.Copyright Reuters, 2015 ...
Dollar pares losses after US Q4 GDP revision NEW YORK: The dollar trimmed earlier losses against the euro and yen early Friday as the downgrade on fourth-quarter US growth was not as steep as economists had forecast, supporting the view the world's biggest economy will grow at a moderate pace. Gross domestic product grew at a 2.2 percent annual pace, slower than the initial estimate of a 2.6 percent pace, the Commerce Department said on Friday.The economy grew at a 5 percent rate ...
C$ makes modest gains; focus on Bank of Canada TORONTO: The Canadian dollar was firmer against the greenback on Friday, tracking moderate gains in crude prices, with the market primarily focused on the Bank of Canada, which will announce an interest rate decision next week.Canadian inflation data this week supported the latest view that the central bank will not cut rates again next week, following its surprise 25-basis-point cut in January.Markets had widely priced in a 70 percent, or more, chance of another rate ...
Dollar on track for eighth month of gains on US data LONDON: The dollar index slipped on Friday, pegged back by month-end selling, but was still on track for its eighth straight month of gains on better data and comments from Federal Reserve officials that bolstered bets for a rate rise this year.The index, which measures the dollar's performance against major currencies, was set to mark its longest streak of monthly gains since the greenback was floated as a fiat currency in 1971.On the day however, ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,678.23 0.23
Arrow Nasdaq 4,863.36 0.27
Arrow S&P 2,056.15 0.24
Arrow FTSE 6,895.33 1.37
Arrow DAX 11,843.66 0.18
Arrow CAC-40 5,006.35 0.29
Arrow Nikkei 19,471.12 1.39
Arrow H.Seng 24,497.08 0.13
Arrow Sensex 27,457.58 2.33

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