The S&P/TSX composite index was up 12.88 points to 14,014.53.
The Canadian dollar was unchanged at
The Dow Jones industrials lost 38.09 points to 15,989.5, the Nasdaq was 12.63 points lower to 4,228.05 while the S&P 500 index was down 3.66 points to 1,826.17.
Traders found the inflation data encouraging because it leaves the Chinese government room to stimulate the world's second-biggest economy.
Other data showed that economic growth across the eurozone was stronger than expected at the end of 2013 as gross domestic product grew by 0.3 per cent in the fourth quarter from the previous quarter. That adds up to an annualized rate of about 1.2 per cent. Analysts had been looking for fourth quarter growth of 0.2 per cent.
The TSX gold sector gained 2.77 per cent while April bullion gained
Oil price declines deepened in the wake of the U.S. data as March crude on the
The base metals component was also little changed while March copper was up
It was relatively quiet on the earnings front after traders waded through a heavy slate of reports Thursday from the manufacturing, insurance, and resource sectors.
There was major acquisition activity in the U.S. as
The TSX and
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