August 23, 2019 / 1:53 PM / 24 days ago

CANADA FX DEBT-C$ falls amid escalated tensions, markets await Fed conference

    * Canadian dollar falls 0.1% against the greenback
    * Canada retail sales were unchanged in June
    * U.S. oil prices decrease 2.8%
    * Bond prices move higher across the yield curve

    By Levent Uslu
    TORONTO, Aug 23 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar weakened
against its U.S. counterpart on Friday, adding to the previous
session's losses, as escalating trade tensions reduced global
risk appetite and investors awaited a speech by the Federal
Reserve's chair.
    U.S. stocks opened lower as China's threat to impose tariffs
on $75 billion worth of U.S. goods ratcheted up trade tensions
ahead of Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's speech in Jackson Hole,
Wyoming.             
    Canada exports many commodities, including oil, so its
economy could be hurt by a slowdown in the flow of global trade.
    The Canadian dollar          was trading 0.1% lower at
1.3315 to the greenback, or 75.10 U.S. cents at 9:46 a.m. (1346
GMT). The currency was trading in a range of 1.3293 to 1.3339.
    Oil prices fell sharply one the worsening U.S.-China trade
tensions. U.S. crude oil futures        were down 2.8% at $53.8
a barrel.             
    Meanwhile, domestic data showed Canadian retail sales were
unchanged in June from May. Analysts surveyed by Reuters had
forecast a 0.1% decrease.             
    Canadian government bond prices were higher across the yield
curve, with the two-year            up 0.5 Canadian cent to
yield 1.468% and the 10-year             rising 15 Canadian
cents to yield 1.274%.

 (Reporting by Levent Uslu; editing by Jonathan Oatis)
  
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