Toronto stocks, loonie close higher, while U.S. markets mixed

 

TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index closed higher Monday as the loonie moved up against the U.S. dollar on a mixed day for the markets.

The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 26.98 points to 15,604.79 in a day that saw gold and base metals move higher while energy stocks weighed in the market.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 157.13 points to 25,178.61. The S&P 500 index was down 3.55 points to 2,783.02 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 27.51 points to close at another record high of 7,588.32.

The Canadian dollar closed at 77.94 cents US, up 0.06 of a US cent.

The April crude contract was down 68 cents to US$61.36 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was up five cents at US$2.78 per mmBTU.

The April gold contract was down $3.20 to US$1,320.80 an ounce and the May copper contract was down one cent to US$3.12 a pound.

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