Canada’s main stock index holds onto small gain as U.S peers slip into the red

TORONTO – Toronto’s main stock index was clinging to a small gain late this morning as New York indexes slipped into the red.

On Bay Street, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 14.79 points at 15,077.93, after two hours of trading.

South of the border, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 3.27 points at 21,808.82, the S&P 500 index lost 2.57 points at 2,441.47, and the Nasdaq composite index declined 20.05 points at 6,258.35.

The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.86 cents US, up from Wednesday’s average price of 79.59 cents US.

In commodities, the October crude contract was down 64 cents to US$47.77 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up three cents to US$2.96 per mmBTU.

The December gold contract gave back $3.00 to US$1,291.70 an ounce and the September copper contract advanced four cents to US$3.02 a pound.

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