S&P/TSX composite edges higher in early trading, U.S. stock markets down

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TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged higher in early trading, helped by gains in the energy and base metal sectors, while U.S. stock markets moved lower.

The S&P/TSX composite index was up 2.74 points at 19,215.90.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 77.20 points at 34,036.03. The S&P 500 index was down 22.22 points at 4,170.44, while the Nasdaq composite was down 143.77 points at 13,751.35.

The Canadian dollar traded for 81.24 cents US compared with 81.44 cents US on Monday.

The June crude oil contract was up 94 cents at US$65.43 per barrel and the June natural gas contract was up a penny at US$2.97 per mmBTU.

The June gold contract was down US$1.00 at US$1,790.80 an ounce and the July copper contract was unchanged at US$4.53 a pound.

Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)

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