February 29th, 2024

S&P/TSX composite rises more than 100 points Friday, U.S. stock markets mixed

By The Canadian Press on December 22, 2023.

A sign board displays the TSX level in Toronto on Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

TORONTO – Strength in health care stocks helped lift Canada’s main stock index more than 100 points Friday, while U.S. markets ended the day mixed.

The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 115.46 points at 20,881.19.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 18.38 points at 37,385.97. The S&P 500 index was up 7.88 points at 4,754.63,while the Nasdaq composite was up 29.11 points at 14,992.97.

The Canadian dollar traded for 75.43 cents UScompared with 75.13 cents US on Thursday.

The February crude oil contract was down 33 cents at US$73.56 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was up three cents at US$2.49 per mmBTU.

The February gold contract was up US$17.80 at US$2,069.10 an ounceand the March copper contract was down a penny at US$3.91 a pound.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 22, 2023.

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

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