Canadian dollar tracks oil prices higher ahead of Fed rate decision

A Canadian dollar coin, commonly known as the "Loonie", is pictured in this illustration picture taken in Toronto January 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Canadian dollar rises 0.4 percent against the greenback

* Loonie on track to rise 3.2 percent in January

* Price of U.S. oil up 1.2 percent

* Bond prices fall across the yield curve

TORONTO, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The Canadian dollar strengthened against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday as stocks and oil prices rose ahead of a Federal Reserve interest rate decision, with the currency on track to outperform its peers in the month of January.

U.S. stocks were boosted by Apple Inc’s AAPL.O results, while the price of oil climbed on concerns about supply disruptions following U.S. sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry. crude CLc1 prices were up 1.2 percent at $53.97 a barrel. Oil is one of Canada’s major exports.

The U.S. central bank was scheduled to release its latest policy statement at 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT). Investors widely expected the Fed to leave its benchmark overnight lending rate unchanged in a target range of 2.25 percent to 2.50 percent due to a more uncertain global economic outlook. 9:14 a.m. (1414 GMT), the Canadian dollar CAD=D4 was trading 0.4 percent higher at 1.3223 to the greenback, or 75.63 U.S. cents.

The currency, which on Monday touched its strongest intraday level in more than two weeks at 1.3204, traded in a range of 1.3213 to 1.3282.

The loonie has climbed 3.2 percent for the month so far, the best performance of G10 currencies. It declined 7.8 percent in 2018.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Tuesday sent Congress a list of legislative changes required to implement the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade pact, a key step in the approval process for replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement. sends about 75 percent of its exports to the United States.

Canadian government bond prices were lower across the yield curve in sympathy with U.S. Treasuries. The two-year CA2YT=RR fell 2 Canadian cents to yield 1.861 percent and the 10-year CA10YT=RR declined 13 Canadian cents to yield 1.956 percent.

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