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Loonies sit on an American dollar on Sept. 20, 2007 in Montreal. The Canadian dollar was gaining strength Thursday morning, trading above 70 cents U.S., as North American stock markets advanced modestly and the price of oil rose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul ChiassonThe Canadian Press

The Canadian dollar strengthened the most in 10 months as crude-oil prices rose following signals the European Central Bank may take further measures to stimulate that region's economy.

The currency rose for a second day after snapping its longest-ever 13-day losing streak. Oil climbed above $30 a barrel and equity markets jumped after ECB President Mario Draghi said global economic risks have escalated and the central bank will consider additional monetary stimulus in March.

"More ECB easing has helped to prop up European risk assets and that has a spillover effect on to the high-beta commodity currencies," said Mazen Issa, senior foreign-exchange strategist at Toronto-Dominion Bank in New York. "The risks tilt to the downside the longer that oil prices remain at these levels."

The loonie gained 1.6 per cent to $1.4266 per U.S. dollar, as of 5 p.m. in Toronto. It gained the most on a closing basis since March 18, 2015. One loonie buys 70.10 cents.

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