Canadian dollar gains 0.4% against the greenbackCanadian new home prices fall 0.2% in FebruaryPrice of U.S. oil settles 1.8% higherCanadian bond yields tumble across curve
TORONTO, March 22 (Reuters) – The Canadian dollar strengthened against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday as investors cheered a signal by the Federal Reserve that it is nearing a pause in its tightening campaign.
The Canadian dollar was trading 0.4% higher at 1.3660 to the greenback, or 73.21 U.S. cents, approaching its strongest level in recent weeks.
“The Fed is clearly doing its best to put on a brave face by raising rates and sticking with quantitative tightening,” Royce Mendes, head of macro strategy at Desjardins, said in a note.
“But the accompanying statement leaves the door open to further stress in the financial system ending this rate hiking cycle prematurely.”
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