Canadian dollar hits 3-week low as domestic demand softens



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Canadian dollar falls 0.4% against the greenback

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Touches its weakest since Nov. 10 at 1.3557

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Canada's third-quarter GDP increases 2.9%

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Canadian bond yields rise across steeper curve

TORONTO, Nov 29 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar weakened to its lowest level in nearly three weeks against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday as data showed faster-than-expected GDP growth in the third quarter but a decline in domestic demand.

Canada's economy grew at an annualized rate of 2.9% in the third quarter, above analysts' expectations, driven by exports and non-residential structures, Statistics Canada data showed.

Final domestic demand fell 0.6%, while a preliminary estimate showed that October's GDP was unchanged after the economy grew by 0.1% in September compared to August.

Money markets continued to expect a 25 basis point interest rate hike by the Bank of Canada at a policy decision next week, while seeing a 25% chance of a larger move. 0#BOCWATCH

The Canadian dollar CAD= was trading 0.4% lower at 1.3554 to the greenback, or 73.78 U.S. cents, after touching its weakest since Nov. 10 at 1.3557.

The price of oil, one of Canada's major exports, rose on hopes for a relaxation of China's strict COVID-19 controls after rare protests in Chinese cities over the weekend. U.S. crude CLc1 prices were up 1.6% at $78.49 a barrel.

Canadian government bond yields were higher across a steeper curve, with the 10-year CA10YT=RR up 4 basis points at 2.983%.
Reporting by Fergal Smith Editing by Bernadette Baum

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