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TSX Flat Thursday

Canada’s main stock index opened lower on Thursday hurt by materials and energy stocks as commodity prices slipped, while the country’s second-largest bank, Toronto-Dominion Bank, fell after missing quarterly profit estimates.

The TSX gained 11.36 points to open Thursday at 19,891.15.

The Canadian dollar dipped 0.16 cents to 73.78 cents U.S.

Canada’s largest bank, Royal Bank of Canada beat analysts’ estimates for the third-quarter profit, boosted by cost-cutting measures and higher interest rates. RBC shares began the session up two dollars, or 1.7%, to $122.26.

The country’s second-largest bank, Toronto-Dominion Bank, missed Bay Street estimates for quarterly profit as it set aside money to cover unpaid loans. TD shares tumbled $1.49, or 1.8%, to $81.87.


The TSX Venture Exchange lost 4.02 points to 589.49.

The 12 TSX subgroups were equally divided, as real-estate, financial and utility stocks each advanced 0.4%.

The half-dozen laggards were weighed most by health-care, down 1%, materials, off 0.4%, and gold, sliding 0.3%.


The S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite hovered around the flatline Thursday, as excitement around blockbuster Nvidia results failed to boost the broader market.

The Dow Jones Industrials gained 62.55 points to begin the session at 34,535.53.

The S&P 500 index nicked ahead 2.64 points to 4,438.65.

The NASDAQ index lost 26.86 points to 13,694.17.

Nvidia shares were up 3%, briefly trading at record levels, after the company reported quarterly earnings and revenue that exceeded lofty analyst expectations. The company also raised its guidance, with executives predicting third-quarter revenue would climb to $16 billion, or a year-over-year increase of 170%.

This marks the second straight quarterly report from Nvidia that blows away expectations. The first-quarter numbers, released in May, helped stoke investor interest in artificial intelligence, which became a key market driver in the first half of the year. Interest in the chip stock catapulted its value to more than $1 trillion.

The rest of the S&P 500 tech sector struggled, however, with AMD losing 4%. Big Tech names such as Amazon and Apple were also down 1%.

Thursday’s moves come as investors await comments from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Friday, which Wall Street hopes will provide insight toward the path of benchmark interest rates.

Prices for the 10-year Treasury was off a bit, raising yields to 4.20% from Wednesday’s 4.19%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices fell 11 cents to $78.78 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices ditched 90 cents to $1,947.20 U.S. an ounce.

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