U.S. markets off Friday
The S&P/TSX composite index eased 2.68 points to close Thursday at 15,207.11
The Canadian dollar was positive
The TSX base metals sector advanced Thursday afternoon, while September copper was
The financials sector was also a major gainer, as
The gold sector was a major weight on the TSX, as Barrick Gold slid
The energy sector was slightly in the red as Imperial Oil shares squeaked up
On the corporate front, BlackBerry slipped
The move comes as BlackBerry pushes ahead with a plan to become profitable by its 2016 financial year.
Eight of the 14 Toronto subgroups were negative by day's end, weighed down mostly by gold stocks, sinking 1.3%, information technology, off 1.2%, and real-estate, off 0.7%.
The half-dozen gainers were led by metals and mining, up 3.4%, global base metals, up 1.8% and industrials, poking up 0.4%.
U.S. stock markets closed at
The Dow picked up 92.02 points to close a short week at 17.068.26, an all-time high.
The S&P 500 gathered 10.82 points to 1,985.44, and the NASDAQ composite sprang up 28.20 points to 4,485.93. The tech-heavy NASDAQ rounded up the week up 2%.
PetSmart shares were up 12.5% after hedge fund
In other moves, embattled clothiers American Apparel and Lululemon traded higher. Shares in the two finished nearly 5% and almost 3% higher, respectively.
There's a lot of news around American Apparel, where Reuters reports that former CEO
Intel shares are up 20% so far this year, making it the second best performing stock in the Dow.
Nathan's Famous hot dogs, sponsor of
A strong June job reports drove the optimism in the stock market. The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1%, down from 6.3% in May. That was much better than economists or
Prices for 10-year U.S. Treasuries slumped, raising yields to 2.65% from Wednesday's 2.63%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.
Oil prices dipped
Gold prices moved down
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