Prime News: Canadian dollar saps as markets laud Fed outlook

The Canadian dollar softened on Thursday as traders embraced the Federal Reserve’s relatively optimistic outlook for the American economy and sturdy GDP data.

Based on official figures, US growth increased to a 2.3% annual rate in the second quarter, bolstering the US dollar.

The loonie finished at 76.86 US cents from Wednesday’s 77.26 US cents.

Data increase the likelihood of a September rate hike. All we need is one of the jobs data to be good, “and neither China, nor Greece to fall off cliff, and we’re there,” said Greg Anderson, Global Head of Foreign Exchange Strategy at BMO Capital Markets.

Meanwhile, Statistics Canada reported nonfarm payroll jobs rose by 16,500 in May, from 27,600 in April.

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