Toronto stocks close higher while U.S. stock markets mixed; Loonie moves down

TORONTO _ Canada’s main stock index closed higher Friday to continue its recent streak of gains, while the loonie moved lower on tepid inflation numbers.

The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 18.76 points at 16,162.31, pushed up by health-care and gold stocks.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 1.11 points at 24,715.09. The S&P 500 index ended down 7.16 points at 2,712.97 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 28.13 points at 7,354.34.

The Canadian dollar averaged 77.64 cents US, down 0.48 of a US cent following inflation numbers Friday.

The July crude contract ended down 20 cents at US$71.37 per barrel and the June natural gas contract closed down a penny at US$2.85 per mmBTU.

The June gold contract closed up US$1.90 at US$1,291.30 an ounce and the July copper contract was down three cents at US$3.06 a pound.