The Canadian dollar was higher Tuesday as traders considered a heavy slate of economic data.
The loonie was up 0.06 of a cent to 92.14 cents US.
The U.S. Commerce Department reported Tuesday that orders for durable manufactured goods rose 0.8 per cent after a 3.6 per cent gain in March and a 2.6 per cent rise in February. But the April strength came from a big jump in demand for defence goods, including airplanes. Excluding defence, orders would have fallen 0.8 per cent in April.
Orders for core capital goods, a category viewed as a good proxy for business investment plans, fell 1.2 per cent in April.
Traders will also take in the latest reading on American consumer confidence later in the morning.
As far as the Canadian currency is concerned, traders are particularly interested in seeing how the economy performed in the first three months of the year. Statistics Canada releases gross domestic product data for March and the first quarter on Friday. Economists are looking for an annualized rise of 1.7 per cent for the quarter and 0.1 per cent for the month.
That data is of particular concern, coming out days before the Bank of Canada releases its next interest rate announcement.
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