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Loonie at lowest point in more than a decade as oil and gold under pressure

07/22/2015 11:36 EDT | Updated 07/22/2016 05:59 EDT
TORONTO - The Canadian dollar dropped to levels Wednesday not seen in more than a decade as the price of oil and gold both came under pressure.

The loonie was down 0.53 of a cent to 76.70 cents US. That's the lowest level since Sept. 1, 2004.

The dollar has been on a downward slide since last summer, when the price of oil started to weaken.

Oil prices dropped below the US$50 mark in trading Wednesday, settling at US$49.19, while gold lost US$12 to fall to $1,091.50 an ounce.

Compounding the loonie weakness was a decision by the Bank of Canada to cut its key interest rate last week.

The central bank's overnight rate target stands at 0.5 per cent.