April 15th, 2024

S&P/TSX composite ekes out gain as base metals rise, U.S. markets down

By The Canadian Press on March 15, 2024.

The S&P TSX composite index screen at the TMX Market Centre in Toronto is photographed on Friday, November 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

TORONTO – Base metals helped Canada’s main stock index eke out a gain Friday, while U.S. stock markets were down, led by the Nasdaq’s almost one per cent loss.

The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 19.30 points at 21,849.15.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 190.89 points at 38,714.77.The S&P 500 index was down 33.39 points at 5,117.09,while the Nasdaq composite was down 155.36 points at 15,973.17.

The Canadian dollar traded for 73.89 cents UScompared with 74.01 cents US on Thursday.

The May crude oil contract was down 16 cents at US$80.58 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was down nine cents at US$1.66 per mmBTU.

The April gold contract was down US$6.00 at US$2,161.50 an ounceand the May copper contract was up eight cents at US$4.12 a pound.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 15, 2024.

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