The Canadian dollar and Mexican peso reversed losses and jumped against the dollar after trade officials said they were extending the negotiations towards a new NAFTA trade deal into next year.
The two currencies slipped against the greenback earlier in the day, amid reports that Canada and Mexico would not agree to U.S. demands. But their losses were reversed late in the day, after the negotiators announced they would schedule rounds to discuss revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement, into 2018.
"People seemed to have been thinking NAFTA was going to get ripped to shreds, and this is going to be the end of it," said Marck McCormick, North American head of foreign exchange strategy at TD Securities. McCormick said those declines reversed "once you got some constructive headlines."
"I think people are focused on knowing 2017 was too ambitious a timeline," he said. "I think you went to two extremes today."