Health-care, financials in focus
The S&P/TSX composite index dipped 1.82 points to greet noon at 15,103.81. The
The Canadian dollar dropped
Shares of energy producers slipped slightly. Suncor Energy gave back 0.7% to
Financials climbed with Bank of Nova Scotia adding 0.3% to
The materials sector, which includes mining stocks, progressed, benefiting from higher gold, silver and copper prices. First Quantum Minerals jumped 1.3% to
A director at First Quantum said the company has delayed investment projects worth more than
Eight of the 14 Toronto subgroups were lower, with gold sliding 1.8%, materials skidding 0.8% and global base metals off 0.6%.
The half-dozen gainers were led by health-care stocks, stronger by 0.4%, financials, making 0.3% in terms of headway, and consumer staples, up 0.2%.
Stocks hit fresh highs early Tuesday as investors finally found their beat. Upbeat reports on consumer sentiment and housing got the party started.
The Dow Jones Industrials took on 16.31 points to pause for lunch at 16,953.57
The S&P 500 nicked up 3.71 points to 1,966.32, and the NASDAQ composite gained 28.27 points to 4,396.95
Shares of Buffalo Wild Wing, the sports-themed restaurant chain, jumped 6% Monday after an analyst at
Carnival Corp reported quarterly results that topped expectations, but the company's forecasts for the rest of the year weren't as rosy. The stock dropped over 2%. The cruise line operator blamed fuel prices and currency exchange rates, which it said will reduce earnings full-year by
Walgreens said earnings rose nearly 16% in the first quarter, but the results missed analysts' expectations. Shares fell more than 1%.
Shares of Vertex Pharmaceuticals soared 40% after the company said a study of its cystic fibrosis drug produced positive results.
Home prices throughout
What's more, a measure of consumer sentiment rose to the highest level since
Prices for 10-year U.S. Treasuries gained ground, lowering yields to 2.60% from Monday's 2.62%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.
Oil prices gained
Gold prices gained
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