Canadian stock market keeping up – Xinhua

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TORONTO, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) — Canada’s main stock index continuing rising Thursday as the financial and industrial groups climbed, while shares of energy and marijuana producers pared some recent gains.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s benchmark Standard & Poor’s/TSX Composite Index climbed 41.39 points, or 0.25 percent to close the day to 16,412.94.Five of the index’ s 10 main groups rose.

The Canadian dollar climbed 0.33 cents to 0.80.02 U.S. dollar.

The financials group rose 0.7 percent. Manulife Financial Corp advanced 2.3 percent to 26.76 Canadian dollars.

The industrials sector edged up 0.4 percent, with Waste Connections Inc up one percent to 87.75 Canadian dollars.

One of the biggest gainers on the index was Prometic Life Sciences Inc, which surged 13.5 percent to 1.60 Canadian dollars.

The energy sector lost 0.4 percent. Encana Corp was down 2.7 percent to 16.84 Canadian dollars.

Some of the largest decliners were marijuana companies. Aphria Inc, fell 13.8 percent to 18.50 Canadian dollars and Canopy Growth Co dropped 10 percent to 32.32 Canadian dollars.

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