Toronto stocks slightly higher as loonie dips

TORONTO — North American stocks ended the week virtually flat on the day, with Canada’s main stock index getting a lift primarily from the volatile health-care sector which includes some of the big names in the marijuana space.

The S&P/TSX composite index was up 11.78 points to 16,013.49.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 8.68 points to 26,154.67. The S&P 500 index was up 0.8 of a point to 2,904.98, while the Nasdaq composite was off 3.67 points to 8,010.04.

The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.73 cents US compared with an average of 76.94 cents US on Thursday.

The October crude contract was up 40 cents at US$68.99 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down five cents at US$2.77 per mmBTU.

The December gold contract was down US$7.10 to US$1,201.10 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 3.7 cents at US$2.65 a pound.

By The Canadian Press

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