Toronto index up slightly along with U.S. markets, loonie climbs

Toronto index up slightly along with U.S. markets, loonie climbs
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TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index closed up as the energy and health care sectors rose, while U.S. markets climbed after encouraging economic data.

The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 13.31 points at 16,149.97

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 148.23 points at 25,702.89. The S&P 500 index was up 19.40 points at 2,810.92, while the Nasdaq composite was up 52.37 points at 7,643.41.

The Canadian dollar averaged 75.04 cents US compared with an average of 74.75 cents US on Tuesday.

The April crude contract closed up $1.39 at US$58.26 per barrel and the April natural gas contract ended up 3.6 cents at US$2.82 per mmBTU.

The April gold contract closed up US$11.20 at US$1,309.30 an ounce and the May copper contract was up half a cent at US$2.93 a pound.

Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)

The Canadian Press

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