Flat Finish to Dull Monday

Constellation Leads Tech Issues Higher

Equities in Canada’s largest market struggled slightly above the breakeven mark in light trading on Monday, helped by advances in tech and industrial issues

The S&P/TSX Composite Index gathered 4.98 points to conclude Monday at 15,421.91

The Canadian dollar nudged downward 0.02 cents at 74.33 cents U.S.

Tech stocks showed promise, as Constellation Software added $4.52 to $693.40

Among industrials, Air Canada surged 29 cents, or 1.6%, to $17.05, while Bombardier gained eight cents, or 3.6%, to $2.33.

The tension showed among shareholders of Canadian National Railways, whose shares backtracked 32 cents to $103.38, as the seconds ticked down toward a possible strike by 3,000 employees, members of the Teamsters union.

Financials were slightly in the green, as CIBC gained 83 cents to $106.20, while Bank of Montreal took on 34 cents to $91.51.

Health-care stocks were the worst off, with Canopy Growth Corporation down 19 cents, or 2.4%, to $7.81, while Valeant Pharmaceuticals shedding a penny to $17.24.

In the gold sector, Goldcorp drooped 22 cents, or 1.2%, to $18.25, while Shore Gold slid 1.5 cents, or 5.8%, to 24.5 cents.

Materials were the worse for wear as well, with First Quantum Minerals fading 18 cents, or 1.5%, to $11.68, while Agnico Eagle Mines tailed off 85 cents, or 1.3%, to $65.28

ON BAYSTREET

The TSX Venture Exchange added 1.15 points to 809.74

Seven of the 12 TSX subgroups were lower, as health-care suffered 0.5%, gold was duller in price 0.4%, and materials eased 0.3%.

Information technology led the five subgroups that made positive moves, up 0.4%, while industrials gained 0.3%, and financials were richer by 0.2%

ON WALLSTREET

Markets were shuttered south of the border Monday for Memorial Day