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Equities in Canada’s largest centre had a kind of roller coaster day which ended on the down side, after data showed that the country’s economy had added more-than-anticipated jobs in November, while tech stocks further weighed on sentiment.
The TSX Composite ended Friday down 39.79 points close Friday at 20,485.66. However, on the week, the index gained nearly 102 points, or 0.5%.
The Canadian dollar handed back 0.017 cents to 74.26 cents U.S.
Tech stocks weighed things down the most, with Coveo Solutions dropping 42 cents, or 5.6%, to $7.15, while Nuvei Corp. ducked $1.77, or 4.2%, to $39.93.
In real-estate, Interrent REIT units lost 24 cents, or 1.9%, to $12.31, while Killam REIT faltering 33 cents, or 1.9%, to $16.68.
Financials also came out on the short end Friday, as ONEX Corporation lost $1.92, or 2.7%, to $69.80, while Canadian Western Bank swooned $1.21, or 4.4%, to $24.30.
Cannabis concerns tried to lift things upward, with Canopy Growth grabbing 61 cents, or 11.6%, to $5.89, while Tilray progressed 66 cents, or 12.5%, to $6.29.
Among consumer discretionary stocks, Canada Goose Holdings acquired 51 cents, or 2%, to $25.69, while Dollarama moved forward $1.04, or 1.3%, to $83.89.
In the energy field, Precision Drilling hiked $2.46, or 2.3%, to $108.48, while Meg Energy picked up 38 cents, or 2%, to $19.56.
On the economic bulletin board, Statistics Canada said the economy created but 10,000 jobs in November, bringing the unemployment rate down 0.1 percentage points to 5.1%.
The TSX Venture Exchange inched up 0.02 points to 599.2, for a gain on the week of 18.44 points, or 3.2%.
Seven of the 12 subgroups were pointed lower to end the week, with information technology and real-estate each down 0.8%, while financials trailed 0.3%.
The five gainers were led by health-care, surging 5.3%, consumer discretionary stocks, up 0.6%, and energy, moving ahead 0.4%.
Stocks cut much of their earlier losses Friday as investors looked past hotter-than-expected labor data to the upcoming Federal Reserve meeting.
The Dow Jones Industrials pulled itself into positive territory 34.87 points to 34,429.88.
The S&P 500 subtracted 4.87 points to 4,071.70.
The NASDAQ dropped 20.95 points to 11,461.50.
All three indexes set weekly gains, with the NASDAQ posting the largest increase at nearly 2.1%. The S&P 500 added 1.1%, and the Dow ticked up by 0.2%. Friday’s close marked the first time the three major indexes notched back-to-back weekly gains since October.
Slowing order growth was one factor prompting RBC Capital Markets to downgrade DoorDash.
The firm slashed its rating to sector perform from outperform, while lowering the stock’s price target to $60 from $70. The new target price represents roughly 5% upside.
Barclays anticipates a challenging near-term for Blackstone after the investment firm limited withdrawals from its large retail real estate fund.
The bank downgraded shares of Blackstone to equal weight from overweight. It also cut the stock’s price target to $90 from $98, now implying an upside of nearly 6%.
Blackstone shares traded down 2.5% in Friday trading.
Non-farm payrolls increased 263,000 in November, a bigger gain than the 200,000-job increase expected by economists polled by Dow Jones. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.7%.
This is the final monthly employment report before the Fed’s two-day meeting Dec. 13-14, in which the central bank is expected to raise its fed funds target rate by a half percentage point. A 50-basis-point increase would mark a slowing from the prior 75-basis-point rate hikes set by the central bank.
Prices for the 10-year Treasury lost ground, raising yields to 3.56% from Thursday’s 3.51%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.
Oil prices increased 31 cents to $81.53 U.S. a barrel.
Gold prices subtracted $6.10 to $1,809.30 U.S. an ounce.