* C$ hits low of C$1.0419 vs US$, or 95.98 U.S. cents
* Weakest level since Oct. 7
* Bond prices climb across curve
By Jennifer Kwan
TORONTO, Nov 21 The Canadian dollar skidded to
a six-week low against the U.S. dollar on Monday as fears about
government debt and deficits on both sides of the Atlantic
prompted another global selloff in riskier assets in an already
In the United States, a congressional "super committee"
failed to agree on deficit-cutting measures. Washington's most
ambitious effort in years to come to grips with its mounting
debt is set to end with a whimper on Monday with negotiators
expected to announce they have failed to reach a deal.
In Europe, the risk premiums on Spanish, Italian, French
and Belgian government bonds rose as investors fled to
safe-haven German bonds, while European shares fell more than 2
percent after Moody's warned that France's credit outlook could
come under threat.
"What we have is a generally risk-off environment with oil
and gold moving lower," said Camilla Sutton, chief currency
strategist at Scotia Capital. "It suggests it's a move on risk
aversion and potentially some flow on the back of it."
At 11:30 a.m. (1630 GMT), the Canadian dollar
stood at C$1.0386 against the U.S. dollar, or 96.28 U.S. cents,
down a penny from Friday's North American close at C$1.0272, or
97.35 U.S. cents.
So far in the session, the currency has swung from a low of
C$1.0419 to the greenback, or 95.98 U.S. cents, to C$1.0270, or
97.37 U.S. cents.
"We've certainly broken pretty violently out of range
today," said Sutton. "From here, it gets more psychological
"We're in a very volatile environment right now and I think
the outlook for Europe is deteriorating fairly rapidly, and I
think that it's playing havoc with risk aversion."
Psychological levels of C$1.05 and C$1.06 would be key
levels to focus on, she added.
David Watt, senior currency strategist at RBC Capital
Markets, noted the greenback would be doing even better if it
wasn't for the U.S. super committee issues.
"It's really hard to generate a lot of enthusiasm for the
U.S. dollar, so people seem to be holding their nose and buying
it at the present time or holding their nose and buying
everything else," he said.
Canadian government bond prices rose alongside U.S.
Treasuries on safe-haven demand.The two-year bond added 3 Canadian cents to yield 0.889 percent, while
the 10-year bond gained 30 Canadian cents to yield