Loonie flirts with 77 cents U.S., North American stock indexes mixed
North American stock markets were mixed Thursday as the loonie flirted with its highest close against the greenback in nearly five months.
The Canadian dollar finished the day at 76.80 cents US, up 0.15 of a U.S. cent from Wednesday’s close, after briefly surpassing 77 cents US earlier in the day.
The loonie hasn’t closed above the 77cent mark since Sept. 8.
Meanwhile, Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index slipped 3.28 points at 15,399.11.
The global gold segment of the TSX was in the lead, gaining 1.6 per cent, while health-care stocks were up 1.09 per cent and real estate companies advanced 0.78 per cent.
Base metals was the biggest decliner on the Toronto stock market, slipping 0.81 per cent, while the heavily weighted financials sector retreated 0.38 per cent.
In New York, markets were relatively quiet a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced it would be keeping its key interest rates unchanged, as expected.
The Dow Jones industrial average gave back 6.03 points at 19,884.91 while the S&P 500 added 1.30 points at 2,280.85 points. The Nasdaq fell 6.45 points at 5,636.20.