- Category: Economic
- Published Friday, February 12, 2016
- CTV News
TORONTO -- North American stock markets began the last session of a difficult week with a substantial step up.
The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index gained 153.51 points or 1.3 per cent to 12,240.88, a turnaround after five days of losses that lowered the index by nearly 760 points since Feb.
In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 95.33 points, or less than one per cent, at 15,755.510.
The broader S&P 500 composite index advanced 14.94 points to 1,844.02 and the Nasdaq composite gained 35.95 points to 4,302.79.
The Canadian dollar was down 0.08 of a cent at 71.75 cents US.
On the commodity markets, the April gold contract fell $14.80 to US$1,233.00 an ounce.
March contracts for crude were up $1.93 at US$28.14 per barrel, copper contracts rose nearly three cents to $2.32 and natural gas contracts fell nearly two cents to US$1.98.