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Stockhouse @ the Bell: TSX higher, but cannabis led healthcare declines

Stockhouse Editorial
0 Comments| October 19, 2018

The annual inflation rate declined to 2.2% in September and news that price pressures from gas and air travel were easing helped give Canada’s main stock index a positive close on Friday. However, interest rates are expected to rise again next week. The energy sector rose 0.7% as oil prices rose on reports that the world’s second-biggest oil consumer, China, is increasing its demand. The materials sector was up 0.6%, but cannabis producers led a 3.5% drop in health care stocks.

The S&P/TSX Composite Index was up 65.97 points to 15,470.10, and the TSX Venture Exchange was down 8.30 points to 682.16.

The Canadian dollar was down $0.0013, remaining at 76 cents.

Crude oil prices were up 0.61 to $69.26.

The price of gold was up $0.60 to $1226.48.

In U.S. markets; the Dow rose 64.89 points to 25,444.34, the S&P 500 erased 1.00 point to 2,767.78, and the NASDAQ gave up 36.11 points to 7,449.03.

In world markets; the Nikkei lost 125.38 points to 22,532.08, the Hang Seng gained 107.30 points to 25,561.40, the FTSE added 22.88 points to 7,049.80, and the DAX was down 35.27 points to 11,553.83.


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