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Stockhouse @ the Bell: North American markets flat, Asian markets jump

Stockhouse Editorial
0 Comments| June 19, 2019

Markets on Bay Street and Wall Street broke even on Wednesday, ahead of an announcement from the US Federal Reserve that interest rates will stay the same, but warned that two cuts could come this year. Washington is taking its time to act in response to President Donald Trump’s trade policies. Meanwhile, Beijing had a successful trading day among global markets. Canada’s main stock index was flat as energy stocks lost 0.8 per cent, while the materials sector was down 0.4 per cent.

The S&P/TSX Composite Index was up 8.44 points to 16,511.79, and the TSX Venture Exchange was down 0.14 of a point to 584.61.

The Canadian dollar traded at 74.87 cents US, up from an average of 74.66 cents US on Tuesday.

Crude oil prices were up $0.33 to $54.44.

The price of gold was up $14.28 to $1,360.54.

In U.S. markets; the Dow grew 38.46 points to 26,504.00, the S&P 500 added 8.71 points to 2,926.46, and the NASDAQ climbed 33.44 points to 7,987.32.

In world markets; the Nikkei jumped 367.38 points to 21,333.87, the Hang Seng surged 721.36 points to 28,202.14, the FTSE lost 39.29 points to 7,2403.54, and the DAX was down 23.18 points to 12,308.53.


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