Toronto market edges higher as oil climbs, U.S. markets, loonie down


TORONTO _ Canada’s main stock index edged higher Friday as commodity prices rose, while U.S. stocks ended down.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed up 4.70 points at 15,273.97, helped by gold, oil, and cannabis sectors.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 122.91 points at 24,360.14. The S&P 500 index ended down 7.69 points at 2,656.30 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 33.60 points at 7,106.65.

The Canadian dollar averaged 79.38 cents US, down 0.01 of a US cent.

The May crude contract closed up 32 cents at US$67.39 per barrel and the May natural gas contract ended up five cents at US$2.74 per mmBTU.

The June gold contract ended up $6 at US$1,347.90 an ounce and the May copper contract was up one cent at US$3.07 a pound.

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