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Canadian dollar edges higher, greenback weakens on Fed rate expectations

May 14, 2014

Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Canadian dollar was slightly higher Wednesday as commodity prices advanced.

The loonie rose 0.08 of a cent to 91.74 cents US amid general U.S. dollar weakness.

Analysts point to low expectations for first quarter U.S. gross domestic product growth, owing to the impact of severe winter weather and suggestions that the economy may actually have contracted during the January-March period.

"Accordingly the expectations for Fed interest rate hikes have been pared back slightly," said Camilla Sutton, Chief FX Strategist, Managing Director Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets.

On the commodity markets, June crude in New York gained 33 cents to US$102.03 a barrel.

July copper gained four cents to US$3.17 a pound while June bullion rose $11.50 to US$1,306.30 an ounce.

It's a light week for Canadian data. Statistics Canada releases the March report on manufacturing shipments on Thursday.

Traders will also look to the release of April existing home sales data Thursday morning.

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Source: Canadian Press DataFile

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