The Toronto stock market closed higher, paced by energy shares
as commodity prices advanced for the second straight session. The
S&P/TSX Composite Index finished 30 points higher at 12,830,
hitting highs of 12,865 and lows of 12,789.
The energy sector gained nearly 2% led by Canadian Natural
Resources (CNQ.TO), Encana (ECA.TO) and Suncor (SU.TO). The telecom
and health care sectors were also stronger, offset by losses in
technology and utilities.
Other actively traded stocks included B2Gold (BTO.TO, +1.5%),
Manulife (MFC.TO, +1%) and BlackBerry (BB.TO, -1%).
Commodities were mostly higher. Gold added $1.90, or 0.1%, to
settle at $1,592.60 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York
Mercantile Exchange, gaining 1% for the week. April crude tacked on
0.5% to settle at $93.45. For the week, oil was up 1.6%.
U.S. stocks finished lower following a weak reading on consumer
confidence, ending a 10-session winning streak for the Dow Jones
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