(The Canadian Press) TORONTO – The Canadian dollar lost ground for a third day Friday as traders continued to react to the Bank of Canada's move to dampen interest rate hike expectations.
The commodity-sensitive loonie was down 0.05 of a cent to 95.87 cents US after the Bank of Canada removed its tightening bias Wednesday and downgraded its economic forecast through 2015.
The move led analysts to believe that interest rate hikes are off the table until 2015, leading the loonie to fall more than 1.25 cents this week.
December crude was ahead 44 cents to US$97.55 a barrel.
Meanwhile, traders continued to take in economic reports that were held up during the partial U.S. government shutdown for more than half of October.
The latest data showed that durable goods orders for September were up 3.7%. Minus transportation orders, durable goods orders actually slipped 0.1%.