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* Canadian dollar ends at C$1.3347, or 74.92 U.S. cents
* Loonie touches its strongest since Feb. 28 at C$1.3277
* Bond prices fall across a steeper yield curve
By Fergal Smith
TORONTO, March 16 The Canadian dollar retreated
on Thursday from an earlier fresh two-week high against its U.S.
counterpart as a rally triggered by the Federal Reserve's
outlook for interest rate hikes faded.
On Wednesday, the loonie rallied the most in a year as the
Fed raised interest rates as expected but central bank officials
stuck to their outlook for two more rate hikes this year and
three in 2018, a more gradual path than some investors had
"Yesterday's move was just noise in the context of an
uptrend (for the U.S. dollar)," said Rahim Madhavji, president
Markets are underestimating prospects of Fed rate hikes, he
The Canadian dollar ended at C$1.3347 to the
greenback, or 74.92 U.S. cents, weaker than Wednesday's close of
C$1.3307, or 75.15 U.S. cents.
The currency's weakest level of the session was C$1.3351,
while it touched its strongest since Feb. 28 at C$1.3277.
U.S. crude prices settled 11 cents lower at $48.75 a
barrel, pressured by near record-high levels of U.S. crude
Oil is one of Canada's major exports.
Foreign investment in Canadian securities dropped to its
lowest in more than a year in January, as nonresidents bought
bonds while selling stocks and money market paper, Statistics
Canadian government bond prices were lower across a steeper
yield curve, with the two-year down 2.5 Canadian
cents to yield 0.818 percent and the 10-year falling
34 Canadian cents to yield 1.803 percent.
Yields dropped on Wednesday after the Fed did not flag an
accelerated pace of monetary tightening.
Canadian manufacturing sales data is due on Friday. Sales
are expected to have decreased by 0.2 percent in January after
rising for the previous two months.
(Reporting by Fergal Smith; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and James