* Canadian dollar at C$1.2593, or 79.41 U.S. cents
* Loonie touches its weakest since July 20 at C$1.2618
* Bond prices higher across the yield curve
TORONTO, Aug 3 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar weakened to a two-week low against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday, as commodity-linked currencies extended this week's losses after solid gains over recent months.
The U.S. dollar climbed against a basket of major
currencies, with most of its gains coming against the commodity-linked currencies, such as the Australian dollar and its Canadian counterpart as investors took profits.
Losses for the loonie came as data showed Toronto home sales plummeted in July from a year earlier and prices were down nearly 19 percent from April as government moves to cool a long housing boom in Canada's largest city spooked buyers.
A slowdown in the country's housing market could weigh on Canada's economy and reduce the number of additional interest rate increases from the Bank of Canada that the market expects, after the central bank hiked last month for the first time in nearly seven years. Economist expect the Bank of Canada to raise rates a further three times by the end of 2018.
At 9:39 a.m. ET (1339 GMT), the Canadian dollar was
trading at C$1.2593 to the greenback, or 79.41 U.S. cents, down 0.2 percent. The currency's strongest level of the session was C$1.2566, while it touched its weakest since July 20 at C$1.2618. The loonie has rallied 9.5 percent since early May. It touched last week its strongest in more than two years at C$1.2414. But the recent upsurge in Canada's dollar will fade in coming months on prospects the Bank of Canada sounds less hawkish on interest rate hikes and fails to keep pace with the U.S. Federal Reserve, a Reuters poll found. Prices of oil, one of Canada's major exports, rose as signs of a tightening U.S. market offset ample supplies from Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries producers.
U.S. crude prices were up 0.58 percent at $49.88 a
barrel. Canadian government bond prices were higher across the yield curve in sympathy with U.S. Treasuries. The two-year price rose 1.5 Canadian cents to yield 1.255 percent and the
10-year climbed 10 Canadian cents to yield 1.928
percent. Canadian and U.S. jobs data for July and domestic trade data for June are due on Friday.
(Reporting by Fergal Smith; Editing by Nick Zieminski)