The Canadian dollar was lower while the American currenty strengthened ahead of a deadline set for Monday night when Greece is due to submit proposed reforms to get final approval for an extension to rescue loans.
The loonie fell 0.44 of a cent to 79.27 cents US.
The Greek government government and its creditors agreed Friday to extend the country’s rescue loans by four months. In return, Greece would have to commit to a series of budget measures meant to keep a lid on debts and improve the economy. The Greek government is due to submit its proposal to debt inspectors later Monday to receive final approval.
The U.S. dollar’s strength against other currencies is pressuring commodity prices generally, while crude prices are also affected by a sharp increase in inventory levels..
The April crude contract in New York dropped $2 to US$49.87 a barrel early Monday. Prices have fallen about 40 per cent since the end of November amid a huge oversupply of crude on world markets.
Metals were also weak with March copper two cents lower to US$2.58 a pound while April gold faded $8.80 to US$1,196.10 .
The Federal Reserve is also in focus this week with chairwoman Janet Yellen set to deliver her semi-annual testimony on the economy and monetary policy to Congress on Tuesday or Wednesday. Traders will look to her remarks to indications on when the Fed might start raising interest rates. Many analysts think the Fed could move as early as June.
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