Canada’s main stock index ended on the higher side of flat on Friday trading as strength in the energy and technology sectors was weighed against losses among utilities, health care, and mining shares. Industrials and financials also gained.
US stock markets struggled to reap the benefits of a blowout jobs report mixed with subpar earnings from big tech firms. The US unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since 1969 as the economy added 517,000 jobs last month, more than the increase of 188,000 that economists had expected.
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The Canadian dollar traded for 74.63 cents US, compared to 75.05 cents US on Thursday.
US crude futures traded $2.43 lower at $73.41 a barrel, while the Brent contract lost $2.25 to $79.92 a barrel.
The price of gold was down US50.54 to US$1,912.83.
In world markets, the Nikkei was up 107.41 points to 27,509.46, the Hang Seng was down 297.89 points to 21,660.47, the FTSE was up 81.64 points to 7,901.80, and the DAX was down 32.76 points to 15,476.43.
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