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Canadian dollar adds to weekly advance as greenback slides

By Fergal Smith
·2-min read
FILE PHOTO: A Canadian dollar coin, commonly known as the "Loonie", is pictured in this illustration picture taken in Toronto

By Fergal Smith

TORONTO (Reuters) -The Canadian dollar strengthened to a near three-week high against its U.S. counterpart on Friday, as the greenback broadly declined in thinner than usual trading conditions following the previous day's U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.

The loonie was trading 0.2% higher at 1.2983 to the greenback, or 77.02 U.S. cents, having touched its strongest intraday level since Nov. 9 at 1.2972. For the week, the currency was up 0.9%.

"The move in the CAD is in sync with what we're observing in most other developed market currencies. That's a reflection of the weaker USD," said Bipan Rai, North America head, FX strategy at CIBC Capital Markets.

"Thinner than usual liquidity" during the North American trading session contributed to the move, Rai said.

The U.S. dollar hit its lowest level in almost three months, after strong economic data from China favored commodity currencies over safe havens and equity markets continued their rally.

Canada is a major exporter of commodities, including oil.

U.S. crude oil futures settled 18 cents lower at $45.53 a barrel but still notched its fourth straight week of gains ahead of an OPEC+ meeting early next week.

Canada next week will reveal the breadth of the emergency spending it has made during the pandemic and lay the groundwork for future stimulus and social measures, like a national childcare program, government sources told Reuters.

The country's economy could rebound faster than expected if consumer spending jumps in the wake of a successful coronavirus vaccination effort, Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem said on Thursday.

Canadian government bond yields eased across much of the curve on Friday, with the 10-year yield down 1.4 basis points at 0.677%.

(Reporting by Fergal Smith; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Chizu Nomiyama)