* C$ at C$1.0024 vs US$, or 99.76 U.S. cents
* Touched 3-1/2 low of C$1.0048, or 99.52 U.S. cents
* White House fiscal cliff meeting "constructive"
* Bonds rise along the curve
By Solarina Ho
TORONTO, Nov 16 The Canadian dollar pared losses
against the U.S. dollar on Friday after touching a 3/12 month
low late in the morning, following a White House meeting on the
"fiscal cliff" that congressional leaders said was constructive.
Top Republicans emerged from a meeting at the White House on
Friday saying they are prepared to agree to additional revenue
to avert harsh automatic year-end tax increases and spending
cuts, as long as there are also reductions in spending.
Equity markets rallied on the news after being mired in
negative territory for much of the last two weeks. Investors
worried that, if no deal is reached on the large, automatic
budget cuts and tax rises set to begin next year, the U.S.
economy could slip into recession.
At 12:31 p.m. (1731 GMT), the Canadian currency
traded at C$1.0024 to the U.S. dollar, or 99.76 U.S. cents,
weaker than its North American close on Thursday of C$1.0013, or
99.87 U.S. cents.
The currency was firmer early in the session, but touched a
3-1/2 month low of C$1.0048, or 99.52 U.S. cents earlier after
breaking a significant technical resistance level for the
"A fair bit of volatility today, more buyers of USD/CAD than
sellers ... there's been a reversal of the previous selling in
the equity markets," said Jack Spitz, managing director of
foreign exchange at National Bank Financial.
"The uncertainties prevail. And they will weigh on a
currency that's high beta, like Canada."
Investors have also been focused on the slowing global
economy, Europe's debt crisis and escalating violence in the
Canada's dollar performance was mixed against a basket of
major currencies, paring gains against the Australian dollar
after touching a near two-week high and underperforming the New
Zealand dollar after hitting a 3-1/2 week high.
Data on Friday showed foreigners increased their purchases
of Canadian securities in September to C$13.92 billion from
C$7.56 billion in the previous month.
"Reasonably encouraging on the face of it. But typically
they're numbers the markets don't particularly trade off short
term because obviously they're not very timely," said Adam Cole,
global head of FX strategy at Royal Bank of Canada in London.
Prices for Canadian government debt were higher across the
curve, with the two-year bond adding 1.5 Canadian
cents to yield 1.068 percent and the benchmark 10-year bond
rising 20 Canadian cents to yield 1.699 percent.