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C$ rises as oil prices increase, Powell speech in focus

* Canadian dollar rises 0.1% against the greenback * Canadian wholesale trade rose 0.6% in June from May * U.S. oil prices increase by 1% * Bond prices move lower across the yield curve By Levent Uslu TORONTO, Aug 22 (Reuters) – The Canadian dollar edged higher against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday, adding to the previous day’s gains, as oil prices increased and investors awaited the Federal Reserve chairman’s speech. The price of oil, one of Canada’s major exports, rose on a drop in U.S. crude inventories and OPEC-led supply cuts, although worries about the global economy capped gains. U.S. crude oil futures were up 1% at $56.11 a barrel. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s speech on Friday in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, could indicate whether the U.S. central bank will continue to cut interest rates, which could also help guide expectations about the Bank of Canada’s interest rate decision. Last month, the Bank of Canada highlighted the risks that trade wars pose to the global economy as it left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1.75%. The Canadian dollar was trading 0.1% higher at 1.3283 to the greenback, or 75.28 U.S. cents at 9:26 a.m. ET(1326 GMT). The currency, which rallied on Wednesday on stronger-than-expected domestic inflation data, was trading in a range of 1.3276 to 1.3315. Canada’s annual inflation rate held steady in July at 2% as lower costs for services were offset by higher prices for durable goods, beating estimates for a 1.7% inflation rate. The rise for the loonie came as domestic data showed a 0.6% increase in Canadian wholesale trade in June from May. Analysts surveyed by Reuters had forecast a 0.3% increase. Canada’s retail sales data is due on Friday, with a Reuters poll estimating a 0.1% decrease. Canadian government bond prices were lower across the yield curve, with the two-year down 5.5 Canadian cents to yield 1.437% and the 10-year falling 39 Canadian cents to yield 1.263%. (Reporting by Levent Uslu; editing by Nichola Saminather and Jonathan Oatis)

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