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Canadian Financial Close: Loonie rises as bonds fall

WINNIPEG, MB, February 14, 2018 (CNS), Feb 14, 2018 (Commodity News Service Canada, Inc. via COMTEX) --

WINNIPEG, February 14 (CNS) - The Canadian dollar recorded solid gains against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday, taking strength from advances in crude oil and gold bullion.

The loonie reached its highest point in several days amid steady trade.

The Canadian dollar settled on Wednesday at US$0.7961 cents or C$1.2562, compared to Tuesday's North American close of US$0.7937 or C$1.2600.

Canadian bonds sank Wednesday due to worries over rising inflation. The 10-year bond yield was at 2.372% from 2.337%.

The S&P/TSX Composite Index fell 111.80 points or 0.73 percent to 15,328.27.

     Canada's agricultural sector performed as follows:
     AGT Food and Ingredients-----dn  $ 0.01    at $ 19.99
     Buhler Industries------------up  $ 0.14    at $  4.20
     Maple Leaf Foods-------------up  $ 0.27    at $ 34.67
     Nutrien Ltd.-----------------dn  $ 0.60    at $ 55.74

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