* Renewed oil price drop dents commodity currencies
* Aussie hits 4-month low; Canadian dollar sets 14-month low
* Yen edges higher on risk aversion
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SINGAPORE, May 5 The Canadian dollar set a
14-month low and the Australian dollar hit a four-month trough
as oil prices slid on Friday, while the safe haven yen edged
higher as risk sentiment wavered.
The Canadian dollar slipped to C$1.3790 per U.S.
dollar at one point, its weakest level since late February 2016.
The loonie was last down 0.3 percent at C$1.3786.
The Australian dollar slid to $0.7372 at one point,
its lowest level since Jan. 11, last trading at $0.7381, down
0.4 percent on the day.
Commodity-linked currencies took their cues from a slide in
oil prices, said Stephen Innes, a senior trader for FX broker
OANDA in Singapore.
"I think that's really driving it... It's just a direct
correlation with oil prices and a little bit of risk aversion
coming into the dollar/yen," Innes said.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures
slid 3 percent on the day.
The dollar fell 0.3 percent against the yen to 112.19
, pulling away from a seven-week high of 113.045 yen set
The euro touched a six-month high of $1.0990 at one
point, supported by expectations that centrist Emmanuel Macron
will win the final round of France's presidential election on
The euro last traded at $1.0985, little changed on
the day but up 0.8 percent for the week.
Macron extended his lead in the polls over far-right
candidate Marine Le Pen, according to an Elabe poll for BFM TV
and L'Express published on Friday.
Macron is seen getting 62 percent of the votes in the second
round versus 38 percent for Le Pen, an increase of three points
for the centrist candidate compared to his projected score in
the last Elabe poll.
Investors are also awaiting Friday's U.S. non-farm payrolls
report for additional insight into the Federal Reserve's rate
likely trajectory through the end of the year.
Attention will also be on Fed officials including Fed Chair
Janet Yellen and Vice Chair Stanley Fischer, who are due to
speak on Friday.
The U.S. Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on
Wednesday and downplayed weak first-quarter economic growth,
bolstering market expectations for the central bank to raise
interest rates in June.
(Reporting by Masayuki Kitano; Editing by Sam Holmes and Eric