* C$ at C$0.9844 versus US$, or $1.0158
* U.S. fiscal deal jolts interest in Canadian currency
* Rise in line with moves in oil, gold, stocks
By Alastair Sharp
TORONTO, Jan 2 The Canadian dollar rallied
sharply on Wednesday as investors cheered a political deal
reached in the U.S. Congress that prevented measures that would
likely have pushed Canada's main trading partner into recession.
The Canadian currency notched its biggest one-day gain since
October 17 after U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday approved a plan to
prevent huge tax increases and delay spending cuts that were due
to kick in this month.
While a deal was widely expected by investors, most placed
significant weight on a risk that no deal would be done in time.
"It wasn't perceived as a done deal that the issue would be
resolved, although that was everyone's median case," said Adam
Cole, global head of foreign exchange strategy at Royal Bank of
"It's the removal of that 20 to 30 percent probability (of
no deal) the market was priced for that's resulted in the price
move," he said.
At 9:10 a.m. (1410 GMT) the Canadian dollar was
trading at C$0.9844 to the greenback, or $1.0158, compared with
C$0.9925, or $1.0076, according to Thomson Reuters data at 4
p.m. Eastern (2100 GMT) on Monday.
RBC's Cole pointed to a likely short-term range between the
mid-December low of C$0.9824 and C$0.9900.
The deal also provoked price jumps in gold, oil and stocks.
Beyond the immediate boost to assets considered more risky,
such as the Canadian dollar, Cole said the deal would also shine
a more positive light on upcoming economic data including
manufacturing data due later on Wednesday and employment numbers
out on Friday.
"Markets will be prepared to take soft numbers and look
through them to the extent that they will be seen as having been
distorted by the imminence of the fiscal cliff," he said.
Canadian government debt yields were lower across the curve,
with the two-year bond off 8 Canadian cents to yield
1.179 percent, while the benchmark 10-year bond fell
83 Canadian cents to yield 1.896 percent.