The mar­kets to­day

The Prince George Citizen - - Money -

Canada’s main stock in­dex ended a pos­i­tive week by clos­ing lower Fri­day as the en­ergy sec­tor sank on a fur­ther drop in

the price of oil which drove the loonie to a more than four-month low.

The S&P/TSX com­pos­ite in­dex closed down 83.03 points at 15,274.44. but up from 15,150.15 a week ago.

The De­cem­ber crude con­tract was down 48 cents at US$60.19 per bar­rel to the low­est level since Fe­bru­ary.

The cannabis-heavy health-care sec­tor led on the down­side, fol­lowed by tech­nol­ogy, con­sumer dis­cre­tionary, en­ergy and ma­te­ri­als.

Util­i­ties gained the most and in­dus­tri­als rose on a par­tial re­bound by Bom­bardier Inc.

In New York, the Dow Jones in­dus­trial av­er­age closed the week down 201.92 points to 25,989.30. The de­crease was more than off­set by three days of tripledigi­t gains, in­clud­ing a 545-point in­crease Wed­nes­day in the wake of the U.S. midterm elec­tions.

The S&P 500 in­dex was down 25.82 points at 2,781.01, while the Nas­daq com­pos­ite fell by 123.98 points to 7,406.90.

The Cana­dian dol­lar traded lower at 75.72 cents US com­pared with an av­er­age of 76.25 cents US on Thurs­day.

The De­cem­ber nat­u­ral gas con­tract was up 17.6 cents at US$3.72 per mmBTU. The De­cem­ber gold con­tract was down US$16.50 at US$1,208.60 an ounce and the De­cem­ber cop­per con­tract was down 5.15 cents at US$2.68 a pound.

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