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CANADA FX DEBT-Canadian dollar adds to weekly gain as retail sales climb

    * Canadian dollar rises 0.2% against the greenback
    * Canadian retail sales rise 1.1% in September
    * Price of U.S. oil decreases 0.2%
    * Canadian bond yields trade mixed cross the curve

    TORONTO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar edged higher
against its U.S. counterpart on Friday as domestic data showed a
stronger-than-expected increase in September retail sales, with
the currency adding to this week's advance.
    Canadian retail sales grew by 1.1% in September on higher
sales at general merchandise stores, Statistics Canada said.
That surpassed the 0.2% gain economists expected.             
    The Canadian dollar        rose 0.2% to 1.3050 per
greenback, or 76.63 U.S. cents. The currency traded in a range
of 1.3047 to 1.3088. It has gained 0.6% since the start of the
week.
    The loonie's advance on Friday came even as the U.S. dollar
       edged up against a basket of major currencies. Supportive
of the greenback, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called
an end to some of the Federal Reserve's pandemic lending.
            
    The price of oil, one of Canada's major exports, was
pressured by renewed lockdowns in several countries to limit the
spread of the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. crude        prices
were down 0.2% at $41.66 a barrel.             
    New daily cases of COVID-19 in Canada could soar to 60,000
by the end of the year, up from less than 5,000 now, if people
increase their daily contacts, medical officials said in a grim
forecast.              
    Canadian government bond yields were mixed cross the curve
on Friday, with the 10-year             down half a basis point
at 0.670%.
    On Thursday, ratings agency Moody's Investors Service
affirmed Canada's triple-A rating, saying the risk of a
material, long-lasting deterioration to Canada's economic or
fiscal strength from the coronavirus crisis is low.  

 (Reporting by Fergal Smith
Editing by Nick Zieminski)
  
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