Gains for TSX at Open

Canada’s main index opened higher on Friday, led by gains in materials stocks, while data showing moderation in wage growth at home and in the Unite

The TSX Composite continued on its roll, acquiring 58.45 points in Friday’s first hour to 21,853.01.

The Canadian dollar nicked ahead 0.01 cents at 74.34 cents U.S.

The Panamanian government said on Wednesday it had asked First Quantum Minerals to suspend a visitor program launched at the disputed Cobre Panama mine, saying the miner did not consult the government before starting the initiative. First Quantum shares began the session up 54 cents, or 4.2%, to $13.49.

On the economic front, Statistics Canada reported that in January, Canada’s merchandise imports decreased 3.8%, while exports fell 1.7%. As a result, Canada’s merchandise trade balance changed position for a second consecutive month, moving from a deficit of $863 million in December to a surplus of $496 million in January.

Also, January building permits increased 13.5% from December to $10.8 billion.


The TSX Venture Exchange gained 2.07 points to 577.60.

All but three of the 12 subgroups had gained ground to begin the week’s last session, with health-care triumphing 1.3%, information technology better by 1%, utilities and materials surging 0.5%.

The three laggards were communications, down 0.8%, while consumer staples and energy each sank 0.2%.


The S&P 500 rose Friday, on track for a winning week, as traders bet a rising unemployment rate would clear the way for the Federal Reserve to begin cutting interest rates.

The Dow Jones Industrials strengthened 82.24 points to kick off Friday at 38,873.59

The S&P 500 gained 27.75 points to 5,185.11.

The NASDAQ jumped 150.23 points to 16,423.69.

Nvidia climbed more than 4% in the session and was poised to see its best week since May with a gain of more than 17%. Apple also rose more than 1% in Friday trading, on track to snap its longest losing streak since early 2022 at seven days.

The February jobs data gave some conflicting signals as to when it will be safe for the Fed to start cutting interest rates. On one hand, the number of jobs added last month was much more than expected, coming in at 275,000 compared with an estimate of 198,000 from economists polled by Dow Jones. This data can imply an economy that’s still running pretty hot.

But the unemployment rate unexpectedly ticked higher to 3.9% and wage growth was lighter than feared, offering morsels of hope that inflation has cooled enough to appease the Fed. Data on January jobs growth was also revised lower.

Prices for the 10-year Treasury stayed put early Friday, keeping yields at Thursday’s 4.09%.

Oil prices sagged 58 cents to $78.35 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices hiked $11.30 to $2,176.50.

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