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Energy and base metal stocks help boost S&P/TSX composite, U.S. stock markets mixed

Strength in the base metal and energy stocks helped lift Canada’s main stock index higher in late-morning trading, while U.S. stock markets were mixed.

The S&P/TSX composite index was up 85.24 points at 22,192.32.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 6.06 points at 39,754.02. The S&P 500 index was up 5.96 points at 5,254.45, while the Nasdaq composite was up 2.99 points at 16,402.51.

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The Canadian dollar traded for 73.80 cents US compared with 73.60 cents US on Wednesday.

The May crude oil contract was up US$1.22 at US$82.57 per barrel and the May natural gas contract was up a penny at US$1.73 per mmBTU.

The June gold contract was up US$24.00 at US$2,236.70 an ounce and the May copper contract was up a penny at US$4.01 a pound.


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