TSX Wall Street end in positive territory amid little economic news

TORONTO — North American stock markets finished the day in positive territory as traders continued to take a break amid a relatively quiet week scant of economic news.The S&P/TSX composite index in Toronto gained 8.96 points to 14,533.57, with advances in industrials and healthcare offsetting pressure from declining gold stocks.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 36.02 points at 18,595.03, the broader S&P 500 composite index rose 9.24 points to 2,173.02 and the Nasdaq composite was ahead 53.56 points to 5,089.93.The Canadian dollar lost 0.16 of a U.S. cent to 76.60 cents US, despite a gain in oil prices.The August crude contract was up 29 cents at US$44.94 per barrel, while the more heavily traded September contract gained 30 cents to US$45.75 a barrel.August natural gas fell seven cents at US$2.66 per mmBTU and September copper contracts added a penny to US$2.25 a pound.August gold fell $13 to US$1,319.30 an ounce.

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