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TSX Flat to Close Tuesday

Stocks in Toronto held their own on the first day back from a long weekend, pulled up by resource issues.

The TSX edged up 2.79 points to conclude Monday trading at 22,468.16.

The Canadian dollar backpedaled 0.14 cents at 73.26 cents U.S.

Health-care concerns proved the main culprit among laggards, as Tilray shed six cents, or 2.2%, to $2.63, while shares in Bausch Health Companies faltered 28 cents, or 3%, to $8.94.

Communications were also down there, with Quebecor sliding 41 cents, or 1.4%, to $30.04, while Rogers dipped 70 cents, or 1.3%, to $53.57.

In consumer stocks, Aritzia faded 70 cents, or 2.1%, to $33.30, while Restaurant Brands International fell $2.24, or 2.3%, to $94.21.

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On the upside, golds did well, Centerra Gold advancing 41 cents, or 4.2%, to $10.24, while Sandstorm Gold collecting 25 cents, or 3.1%, to $8.27.

In materials, Algoma Steel jumped 41 cents, or 3.8%, to $11.26, while Interfor Corp. popped 63 cents, or 3.5%, to $18.71.

In energy Africa Oil bettered itself by 11 cents, or 4.6%, to $2.50, while to $18.87, while IPCO hiked 75 cents, or 4,1%, to $18.87.

On the economic calendar, Statistics Canada said the consumer price index rose 2.7% on a year-over-year basis in April, down from a 2.9% gain in March. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the CPI rose 0.2% in April.

ON BAYSTREET

The TSX Venture Exchange progressed 5.35 points to 620.52.

Eight of the 12 TSX subgroups finished the day negative, health-care staggering 1.8%, while communications lost 1%, and consumer discretionary fell 0.6%.
The four gainers were led by gold, materials, and energy, each up 0.9%.

The five gainers were led by gold and energy, each up 1.2%, and materials, better by 1.1%.

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ON WALLSTREET

Stocks ticked higher Tuesday, with the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ Composite closing at new records, as investors looked toward artificial intelligence favorite Nvidia’s earnings report Wednesday.

The Dow Jones Industrials gained 66.22 points to close Tuesday at 39,872.99.

The S&P 500 gained 13.28 points to 5,321.41.

The NASDAQ regained 37.25 points to 16,863.62.

Nvidia shares advanced 0.6% prior to its earnings report due Wednesday after the close. Analysts are expecting the semiconductor giant to post another strong batch of results. Shares have surged about 92% in 2024 alone, and have rallied 205% over the past 12 months. The stock has been at the center of a market rally largely led by enthusiasm that AI will boost corporate profits.

Palo Alto Networks shares fell 3.7% Tuesday. While beating expectations for both lines in the fiscal third quarter, the cybersecurity company delivered current-quarter guidance that was only in line with consensus forecasts of analysts polled by LSEG.

Those moves come after a mixed day on Wall Street. The Nasdaq notched intraday and closing records, while the Dow fell on the back of steep declines in JPMorgan Chase shares.

Prices for the 10-year Treasury slipped, raising yields to 4.41% from Monday’s 4.44%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices shed 74 cents to $79.06 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices dipped $11.10 to $2,427.40.