stock market pricing abstract

Canada’s main stock index posted a triple-digit gain ahead of the start of quarterly corporate reporting by the country’s oilpatch.

The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 100.37 points to 15,702.69.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 172.15 points at 25,411.52. The S&P 500 index was up 12.83 points at 2,737.70, while the Nasdaq composite was up 54.55 points at 7,402.08.

The Canadian dollar traded at an average of US76.14¢ compared with an average of US76.18¢ on Monday.

The March crude contract was down US90¢ at US$53.66 per barrel and the March natural gas contract was up 0.2 of a cent at US$2.66 per mmBTU.

The April gold contract was down US10¢ at US$1,319.20 an ounce and the March copper contract was up US2.25¢ at US$2.82 a pound.