Loonie flirts with 77 cents U.S., North Amer­i­can stock in­dexes mixed

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA/BUSINESS -

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.

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