(Adds quotes from analysts and details on Bank of Canada's Lane
and housing starts, updates prices)
* Canadian dollar ends at C$1.2928, or 77.35 U.S. cents
* Loonie touches its weakest since Monday at C$1.2935
* Bond prices lower across steeper maturity curve
* 10-year yield touches its highest in more than two weeks
By Fergal Smith
TORONTO, Sept 8 The Canadian dollar weakened to
a three-day low against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday,
pressured by the Bank of Canada's more dovish stance, although
losses for the commodity-linked currency were restrained as oil
Losses for the loonie follow the currency's retreat from a
nearly three-week high on Wednesday as the Bank of Canada warned
that the economy could be weaker than it anticipated just two
months ago as exports disappointed.
Canada's economy is still running on two speeds, with
household spending growth holding up even as sectors linked to
low commodity prices struggle, Bank of Canada Deputy Governor
Timothy Lane said on Thursday.
Weaker equity markets also weighed on Canada's
risk-sensitive currency, said Eric Viloria, currency strategist
at Wells Fargo.
European and U.S. stock markets fell as the
European Central Bank kept its already loose policy stance
There had been a view among some investors that increased
stimulus from the European Central Bank would reduce the Federal
Reserve's propensity to raise interest rates, said Colin
Cieszynski, senior market analyst at CMC Markets Canada.
The U.S. dollar edged higher against a basket of
major currencies as Treasury yields firmed.
U.S. crude oil futures settled up $2.12 at $47.62 a
barrel after U.S. inventory data showed a surprisingly large
drawdown in crude stocks.
Oil is one of Canada's major exports.
The Canadian dollar ended at C$1.2928 to the
greenback, or 77.35 U.S. cents, weaker than Wednesday's close of
C$1.2900, or 77.52 U.S. cents.
The currency's strongest level of the session was C$1.2852,
while it touched its weakest since Monday at C$1.2935.
Canadian housing starts fell more than expected in August
compared with July as both multiple and single-detached starts
declined, data from the national housing agency showed on
In separate data, the value of Canadian building permits
issued in July rose by a less-than-expected 0.8 percent from
Canadian government bond prices were lower across a steeper
yield curve in sympathy with U.S. Treasuries. The two-year
bond fell 5 Canadian cents to yield 0.572 percent and
the benchmark 10-year tumbled 78 Canadian cents to
yield 1.087 percent.
The 10-year yield touched its highest since Aug. 22 at 1.117
Canada's August employment report is due on Friday.
Investors will be looking to see whether the labor market can
recover some of the 31,200 jobs it unexpectedly lost the month
(Reporting by Fergal Smith; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and James