S&P/TSX composite index sees triple-digit rise; loonie flat

TORONTO - Canada's largest stock exchange outperformed its U.S. counterparts Friday morning.

The S&P/TSX composite index was up 151.31 points or 1.2 per cent at 12,904.91 after 90 minutes of trading.

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The gain came as U.S. markets also advanced, but by only about half a per cent.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 54.86 points or 0.3 per cent to 16,752.15.

The broader S&P 500 composite index advanced 8.96 points or 0.5 per cent to 1,960.66 and the Nasdaq composite gained 24.65 points or 0.5 per cent to 4,606.86.

The Canadian dollar was at 73.86 cents US, up 0.01 of a cent from Thursday's close. It soared by 0.79 of a cent to settle at 73.85 cents US on Thursday.

The April futures contract for crude oil was up 64 cents at US$33.71 while the April natural gas contract was down five cents at US$1.735 per mmBtu.

April gold contracts were down $17.10 at $1,221.70 per ounce and May copper contracts were up nearly six cents at US$2.13 per pound.



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