Canada’s main stock index edges up, loonie builds on recent high ahead of holiday

Canada’s main stock index edges up, loonie builds on recent high ahead of holiday
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TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index is slightly higher ahead of the holiday weekend.

The S&P/TSX composite index was up 8.38 points at 16,316.11 after 90 minutes of trading.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 26.01 points at 26,552.59. The S&P 500 index was up 6.05 points at 2,930.97, while the Nasdaq composite was up 15.18 points at 7,982.94.

The Canadian dollar traded at 76.44 cents US, up from an average of 76.27 cents US on Thursday — a four-month high.

The August crude contract was down 19 cents at US$59.24 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was down half a cent at $2.32 per mmBTU.

The August gold contract was up $3.20 at US$1,415.20 an ounce and the September copper contract was flat at $2.71 a pound.

Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD)

The Canadian Press

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