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  • WTI pares early losses, turns positive on day above $61.50.
  • US Dollar Index continues to edge lower toward 96.50.
  • Coming up: CB Consumer Confidence Index data from US.

After closing the last four trading days in the negative territory, the USD/CAD pair extended its slide on the last day of 2019 and touched its lowest level since early July at 1.3022. As of writing, the pair was down 0.27% on a daily basis at 1.3029.

Greenback remains under pressure heading into 2020

The broad-based USD weakness seems to be allowing the pair to continue to push lower. Although the sharp upsurge witnessed in the 10-year US Treasury bond yield helped the US Dollar Index to stage a rebound during the early trading hours of the American session on Monday, the disappointing Dallas Fed Manufacturing Index, which slumped to -3.2 in December from -1.3 in November, caused the index to extend its slide.

Ahead of the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, the index is at its lowest level in nearly five months at 98.58, losing 0.16% on the day. The last reading of the CB Consumer Confidence Index showed a fourth straight monthly decline in November.

On the other hand, following a deep correction on Monday, crude oil prices gained traction and the barrel of West Texas Intermediate turned positive on the day near $61.70 to provide an additional boost to the commodity-sensitive loonie.At the moment, the WTI is up 0.12% on the day at $61.70. Later in the day, the American Petroleum Institue will release its weekly crude oil stock report but the reaction is likely to be muted on New Year’s eve.

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