The Toronto stock market closed marginally lower, pushed down mainly by lower gold shares. The S-and-P T-S-X lost seven-points to 13-thousand 581. The Dow Jones gained 26-points to 16-thousand 504. The Nasdaq dipped two-points to 41-hundred and 54. The Tokyo stock market was closed today for a holiday. In Hong Kong , the Hang Seng Index gained 62-points to 23-thousand 306. And, the dollar is trading this morning at 93.92 cents U-S -- down six-100ths of-a-cent from yesterday's close. (BIZ-Bombardier Order) Bombardier has received a firm order for 10 Challenger 350 business jets for about 260-million dollars . The Montreal -based transportation giant won't reveal the name of the buyer. Bombardier is one of the world's biggest manufacturers of business jets, selling them under such names as Challenger, Global, and Learjet . ( Canadian Press ) (BIZ-Ford Outlook) Ford says 2013 has been a very good year for the automaker. Final sales figures for the year will be released on Friday, and Ford says the number for its North American dealerships should be more than 2.4-million vehicles sold. Ford says sales have been growing at a double-digit rate across all segments -- cars, trucks, and utility vehicles. ( Associated Press ) (BIZ-Oil Prices) The price of oil is down six-cents after dropping more than a-dollar yesterday. Oil is selling this morning at $99.23 U-S a barrel. Trading is thin on the world markets because of the holidays. GasBuddy-dot-com says the average price of regular across Canada is just under $1.25 a litre -- up 2.8-cents from a week ago. ( Canadian Press ) (BIZ-Boeing) Boeing says this week's vote by its machinists in the Seattle area will determine the fate of some of their jobs. The machinists will vote Friday on a revised contract after rejecting the first offer last month. If they vote ``no'' a second time, Boeing suggests it will move production of the composite wings for the new Triple-7-X jetliner out of the Seattle area. ( Associated Press ) (BIZ-Mexico-NAFTA) It was 20 years ago tomorrow that the North American Free Trade Agreement came into effect, covering Canada , the United States , and Mexico . And, from at least one standpoint, NAFTA appears to have done very little for Mexico . That country's poverty rate was 52.4 per cent when NAFTA took effect on January 1st, 1994 . Last year, Mexico's poverty rate was 51.3 per cent. ( Associated Press ) (Business Report by Bill Marshall )
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