North Amer­i­can stocks notch mod­est gains

Cape Breton Post - - BUSINESS -

TORONTO — The health-care sec­tor, which in­cludes some of the big med­i­cal mar­i­juana names, helped Canada’s main stock in­dex notch a small gain Mon­day, while U.S. stock mar­kets also closed up as geopo­lit­i­cal ten­sions eased.

The S&P/TSX com­pos­ite in­dex closed up 26.41 points at 15,300.38, as losses in en­ergy and metal stocks held back further gains.

In New York, the Dow Jones in­dus­trial av­er­age closed up 212.90 points at 24,573.04. The S&P 500 in­dex ended up 21.54 points at 2,677.84 and the Nas­daq com­pos­ite in­dex was up 49.63 points at 7,156.28. The Cana­dian dol­lar av­er­aged 79.50 cents US, up 0.12 of a US cent.

The May crude con­tract ended down US$1.17 cents at US$66.22 per bar­rel and the May nat­u­ral gas con­tract was up two cents to US$2.75 per mmBTU.

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