Canada’s main stock index briefly hit another 2019 high even as North American markets ended the day relatively flat ahead of the start of first quarter earnings reports.

The S&P/TSX composite index closed up just 3.18 points to 16,399.47 after peaking on the day at 16,471.83.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 14.11 points at 26,143.05. The S&P 500 index was up 0.11 points at 2,888.32, while the Nasdaq composite was down 16.88 points at 7,947.36.

The Canadian dollar traded at an average of US74.75¢ compared with an average of US75.04¢ on Wednesday.

The May crude contract was down US$1.03 at US$63.58 per barrel and the May natural gas contract was down 3.6¢ at US$2.66 per mmBTU.

The June gold contract was down US$20.60 at US$1,293.30 an ounce and the May copper contract was down 3.85¢ at US$2.89 a pound.