Loonie Holds on Gains Versus Dollar As Oil Rebounds From 10-month Lows

Canadian dollar continued to gain ground versus its American counterpart on Friday after having surged sharply in the previous session. While the greenback dipped to a four-day low against major currencies, the commodity-linked currency, the loonie, held on gains as crude price rebounded.

The pair USDCAD dipped 0.1 percent to trade around 1.3222 in the last session of the week after losing 0.75 percent on Thursday, paring most of its weekly gain.

The U.S. dollar remained weak against most of its rivals ahead of a handful of Fed policymakers that are scheduled to make public appearances later in the day. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester and Fed Governor Powell are scheduled to deliver comments on Friday with investors awaiting clues on the likelihood of higher interest rates in the coming months.

The dollar index – which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies – lost more than 0.2 percent to trade around 97.33 in European trading session. Next week, U.S. calendar features data on June consumer confidence indicator, pending home sales, crude oil inventories, revised first quarter GDP and the PCE price index.

Meanwhile, crude oil futures prices scaled back from 10-month lows which they hit on Wednesday, adding strength to the Canadian dollar which has already been spurred by upbeat data on April retail sales. Brent crude futures added 0.51 percent while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures jumped 0.54 percent, at $42.80 per barrel.

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