Canada’s main stock index moved slightly for a third straight day after the Bank of Canada’s decision not to increase interest rates helped interest-sensitive sectors and weakened the loonie.

The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 5.53 points to 16,092.07.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 133.17 points at 25,673.46. The S&P 500 index was down 18.20 points at 2,771.45, while the Nasdaq composite was down 70.44 points at 7,505.92.

The Canadian dollar traded at an average of US74.52¢ compared with an average of US74.93¢ on Tuesday.

The April crude contract was down US34¢ at US$56.22 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was down US4.3¢ at US$2.84 per mmBTU.

The April gold contract was up US$2.90 at US$1,287.60 an ounce and the May copper contract was down US1.5¢ at US$2.92 a pound.