TSX dips in first post-holiday session; loonie near 72 cents US

The Canadian dollar was at 72.21 cents US, down 0.01 in the late morning. Earlier Tuesday, the loonie had been down to about 71.75 cents US, close to last week's low.

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The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was at 13,214.03, down 95.77 points from Thursday's close before the holiday. American markets were closed Friday but open Monday.

The Dow Jones average of 30 stocks gained 172.13 points from Monday's close, rising to 17,700.40. The broader S&P 500 index advanced 18.65 points to 2,075.15 and the Nasdaq gained 55.88 points to 5,096.87.

On the commodity markets, the February crude contract was up 87 cents from Monday at US$37.68 per barrel, which was down from $38.10 on Thursday. The January contract for natural gas was US$2.33, up 10 cents from Monday and up from $2.03 on Thursday.

February gold contracts were at US$1,067.50, down 80 cents from Monday and down from US$1,075.90 on Thursday.



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