Canada’s main stock index ended lower on Friday under the weight of declines in the energy and utilities sectors. Statistics Canada reported July’s gross domestic product was essentially unchanged, as services-producing industries edged up 0.1 per cent, while goods-producing industries contracted 0.3 per cent.
U.S. stocks were mixed as the latest inflation data gave the market a bump and helped traders make up some ground at the end of a tough Q3.
The Canadian dollar traded for 73.64 cents U.S., compared to 74.11 cents U.S. on Thursday.
U.S. crude futures traded $0.80 lower at $90.91 a barrel, and the Brent contract lost $0.07 to $95.31 a barrel.
The price of gold was down US$18.85 to US$1,847.88.
In world markets, the Nikkei was down 14.90 points to 31,857.62, the Hang Seng was up 436.63 points to 17,809.66, the FTSE was up 6.23 points to 7,608.08, and the DAX was up 63.08 points to 15,386.58.
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