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TSX Pokes Ahead by Noon

GitLab, Nio in Focus

Canada's main stock index fell on Tuesday, with materials leading declines as prices of most metals fell on a firmer U.S. dollar and rating agency Moody's cut its outlook on China's government credit ratings.

The TSX Composite raised its head above water 16.68 points to 20,426.89.

The Canadian dollar dipped 0.2 cents at 73.66 cents U.S.

Among individual stocks, the National Bank of Canada raised Russel Metals stocks to "outperform" from "sector perform". Russel shares hiked 47 cents or 1.1%, to $41.63.

Elsewhere, North West Company gained $1.39, or 3.9%, to $37.19, after RBC raised its price target on the retailer's stock.


The TSX Venture Exchange tanked 9.15 points, or 1.7%, to 535.01.

Seven of the 12 TSX subgroups gained ground midday, with consumer staples taking on 1.2%, information technology, improving 1%, and real-estate, building 0.7%.

The five laggards were weighed most by gold, down 1.2%, materials surrendering 1.1%, and health-care, off 0.4%.


The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped for a second day Tuesday as a recent rally on Wall Street lost steam.

The 30-stock index swooned 129.27 points at 36,07517.

The S&P 500 dipped 3.05 points to 4,566.73.

The NASDAQ gained 36.87 points to 14,222.36.

GitLab popped 13% after the open-source software development platform beat quarterly financial expectations and issued strong guidance for the current quarter. Nio climbed more than 4% after the Chinese electric vehicle maker reported narrowing losses in the third quarter.

Tuesday’s moves follow Monday’s losing session, which called into question whether the market had run up too far too fast. Monday’s pullback came on the heels of five consecutive positive weeks for the three major averages.

Despite recent performance, the three indexes are still up on the quarter and year. That underscores the strength of the market’s rally leading up to recent moves.

Prices for the 10-year Treasury shot higher, dropping yields to 4.18% from Monday’s 4.26%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices recovered 46 cents to $73.50 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices lost $10.80 to $2,031.40.