August 14, 2019 / 7:11 PM / 7 days ago

CANADA FX DEBT-C$ falls the most since March on global growth worries

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    * Canadian dollar falls 0.7% against the greenback
    * Canadian dollar suffers its biggest drop since March
    * U.S. oil prices decrease by 3.3%
    * Canada's curve inverts by the most in two decades

    By Levent Uslu
    TORONTO, Aug 14 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar weakened by
the most in more than five months against its U.S. counterpart
on Wednesday as oil prices dropped and investors worried about
the global growth outlook.
    At 2:35 p.m. EDT (1835 GMT), the Canadian dollar         
was trading 0.7% lower at 1.3320 to the greenback, or 75.08 U.S.
cents, the biggest daily loss since March 1.
    The loonie touched its weakest intraday level since last
Wednesday, at 1.3326.
    "The fears of a recession in Europe and a deeper slowdown in
China along with the rest of the world are hurting all
growth-sensitive assets including the Canadian dollar," said
Adam Button, chief currency analyst at Forexlive. "On top of
that, oil data over the past few days was a bit bearish."
    Canada exports many commodities, including oil, making it
vulnerable to a slowdown in the global economy. 
    Oil prices fell on weak economic data from China and Europe
and a rise in U.S. crude inventories. U.S. crude        prices
settled 3.3% lower at $55.23 a barrel.             
    China reported weaker-than-expected economic data for July,
including a surprise drop in industrial output growth to a more
than 17-year low, while a slump in exports sent Germany's
economy into reverse in the second quarter.
                              
    Canadian government bond prices were higher across a flatter
yield curve in sympathy with U.S. Treasuries. The two-year
           rose 6 Canadian cents to yield 1.352% and the 10-year
            was up 88 Canadian cents to yield 1.152%.
    The 10-year yield fell 6 basis points further below the
2-year yield to a spread of -20 basis points, the curve's
largest inversion since May 1999. An inverted curve is seen by
some investors as a harbinger of recession.

 (Reporting by Levent Uslu
Editing by Leslie Adler)
  
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