TSX Holds on for Positive Finish

U.S. Notes Scorching Hot Jobs Figures

Stocks in Toronto held onto their gains Friday, ending the week on a positive note as energy gains narrowly overrode losses in gold.

The TSX ended Friday up 17.9 points, to 20,758.34, a gain of 44 points, or 0.2%, on the week.

The Canadian dollar let go of 0.48 cents at 74.61 cents U.S.

Energy led gainers, with Precision Drilling taking on $3.12, or 3.3%, to $98.87, while Parex Resources assumed 68 cents, or 3.1%, to $22.98.

In consumer discretionary stocks, Canada Goose Holdings flew $3.52, or 14.1%, to $28.52, while Gildan Activewear triumphed $1.07, or 2.6%, to $41.74.

In consumer staple stocks, Primo Water gained 29 cents, or 1.4%, to $21.00, while Alimentation Couche-Tard acquired 97 cents, or 1.6%, to $60.20.

Gold put a brake on the rally, though, with Equinox Gold floundering 38 cents, or 6.4%, to $5.55, while OceanaGold dumped 13 cents, or 4.6%, to $2.68.

In materials, Fortuna Silver Mines lost 25 cents, or 4.8%, to $4.96, while Endeavour Silver shed 24 cents, or 5.2%, to $4.39.

In cannabis issues, Canopy Growth dipped 25 cents, or 6%, to $3.94, while Tilray went south 15 cents, or 3.4%, to $4.30.


The TSX Venture Exchange slipped 10.59 points to 620.09, for a loss on the week of just under two points.

Seven of the 12 subgroups were gainers, as energy reversed its field and gained 0.9%, while consumer discretionary stocks jumped 0.8%, and consumer staples took on 0.6%.

The five laggards were weighed most by gold, sinking 3.5%, materials, off 2.2%, and health-care, down 1.3%.


Stocks fell Friday as a strong jobs report worried some investors the Federal Reserve would keep hiking rates. Still, the S&P 500 notched its fourth weekly gain in five weeks as investors bet falling inflation is ahead.

The Dow Jones Industrials removed 127.93 points to finish the day and the week at 33,926.01, even as Apple shares gained.

The S&P 500 lost 43.28 points, or 1%, to 4,136.48.

The NASDAQ Composite stepped back 193.86 points to 12,006.95.

Regardless, the broader market index and NASDAQ notched a positive week. The S&P 500 closed the week higher by 1.6%. The NASDAQ gained 3.3%, posting its fifth-straight winning week as it rode a tech-fueled rally to outperform the other major indexes. Meanwhile, the Dow was the outlier, down 0.2%.

Wall Street also digested earnings results from major tech companies. Apple shares jumped 2.4%, reversing earlier losses after missing estimates on the top and bottom lines in its most recent quarterly report. Meanwhile, Google-parent Alphabet fell 2.8% following disappointing results. Amazon’s stock also declined 8.4% in its worst day since April after the e-commerce giant’s report, though it still notched a 1.1% gain on the week.

Investors absorbed a much-stronger-than-expected January jobs report. The U.S. economy added 517,000 jobs in January, blowing past Dow Jones estimates of a jobs gain of 187,000 last month.

Prices for the 10-year Treasury staggered, lifting yields to 3.53% from Thursday’s 3.39%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices faded $2.65 to $73.23 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices slumped $52.70 to $1,878.10 U.S. an ounce.