Canadian dollar retreats from 12-day high after U.S. CPI data

A Canadian dollar coin, commonly known as the "Loonie", is pictured in this illustration picture taken in Toronto

By Fergal Smith

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar edged lower against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday, pulling back from an earlier 12-day high, as oil prices dipped and investors assessed U.S. inflation data.

The loonie was trading 0.1% lower at 1.3563 to the greenback, or 73.73 U.S. cents, after touching its strongest level since Sept. 1 at 1.3522.

U.S. consumer prices rose month-over-month at the fastest pace in 14 months in August, and while that was driven largely by volatile energy costs, a measure of underlying inflation also accelerated unexpectedly, keeping alive prospects of an additional interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve.

"Inflation is not easing enough for the Fed to abandon their hawkish stance," Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA, said in a note. "The upside surprises might be small, but that should keep the hawks in control."

Canada is a major producer of commodities, including oil, so the loonie tends to be sensitive to the signal that the Fed policy outlook sends about prospects for the global economy.

U.S. crude oil futures settled 0.4% lower at $88.52 a barrel, but was holding on to much of its recent gains.

The ratio of Canadian household debt-to-income narrowed to 180.0% in the second quarter from a downwardly revised 180.2% in the first quarter, Statistics Canada said.

Canadian government bond yields were lower across the curve, tracking moves in U.S. Treasuries. The 10-year eased 2.9 basis points to 3.669%.

(Reporting by Fergal Smith)