CANADA FX DEBT-Canadian dollar firms as inflation climbs to 18-year high

       * Canadian dollar strengthens 0.2% against the greenback
    * Canada's annual inflation rate accelerates to 4.1% in
August
    * Price of U.S. oil rises 2.1%
    * Canadian bond yields rise across the curve

    TORONTO, Sept 15 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar edged
higher against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday as oil prices
rose and domestic data showed inflation climbing to its highest
level in 18 years.
    Canada's annual inflation rate accelerated to 4.1% in
August, its highest since March 2003, boosted in part by a big
jump in gasoline prices, Statistics Canada said.
    The Bank of Canada's three measures of core inflation all
posted gains, but analysts expect the central bank to stick to
the view that the factors pushing up inflation are transitory.

     The price of oil, one of Canada's major exports, rose after
industry data showed a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S.
crude inventories and on expectations demand will rise as
vaccination rollouts widen.
    U.S. crude        prices were up 2.1% at $71.92 a barrel,
while the Canadian dollar        was trading 0.2% higher at
1.2672 to the greenback, or 78.91 U.S. cents. It traded in a
range of 1.2664 to 1.2708.
     Separate data showed that Canadian home sales fell 0.5% in
August from July, though the average selling price rose on a
month-over-month basis for the first time since March.

    Canadian government bond yields were higher across the
curve, with the 10-year             up 2.3 basis points at
1.195%.
    The gap between Canada's 10-year yield and its U.S.
equivalent narrowed by 1.8 basis points to 8.9 basis points in
favor of the U.S. bond, the smallest gap since Aug. 31.

 (Reporting by Fergal Smith; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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