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* Canadian dollar rises 0.4% against the greenback

* Loonie touches its strongest since Sept. 21 at 1.3198

* Canadian housing starts fall 20% in September

* Canadian bond yields ease across much of the curve

By Fergal Smith

TORONTO, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The Canadian dollar rose to a
more-than two-week high against the greenback on Thursday as
higher oil prices and the potential for U.S. stimulus offset
comments from Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem, leaving
negative interest rates on the table.

U.S. stocks climbed as President Donald Trump fueled hopes
of fresh fiscal aid, while the price of oil, one of Canada’s
major exports settled 3.1% higher at $41.19 a barrel on support
from output shutdowns ahead of a storm in the U.S. Gulf of

“The market is coming to terms with an era of easy money

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