Coming out of a long weekend, Canada’s main stock index managed to log a positive close thanks to a jump in heath care and energy shares. Gains for the commodity-heavy index were capped by weaker precious metal prices. Many markets in Europe and Asia were still closed.
South of the border, US equity futures were split as investors looked ahead to key inflation data and the start of the Q1 earnings season.
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The Canadian dollar traded for 74.00 cents US, compared to 74.15 cents US on Thursday.
US crude futures traded $0.55 lower at $80.15 a barrel, and the Brent contract lost $0.59 to $84.53 a barrel.
The price of gold was down US$13.70 to US$1,991.31.
In world markets, the Nikkei was up 115.35 points to 27,633.66, the Hang Seng remained at 20,331.20, the FTSE remained at 7,741.56, and the DAX remained at 15,597.89.
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