Closing Bell TSX ends higher on gold prices information technology stocks

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Monday, pushed ahead by gains in gold and information technology stocks.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,146.01+51.76 0.34%S&P 500 —  1,960.23-0.73 -0.04%Dow — 16,826.60-25.24 -0.15%Nasdaq — 4,408.18 +10.25 0.23%The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 51.76 points to 15,146.01 in a relatively low-volume trading session ahead of the Canada Day holiday.Gold stocks lifted as bullion settled $2 higher at US$1,322 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.August crude was down 37 cents to US$105.37 a barrel, while September copper rose 3.55 cents to US$3.20 a pound.The loonie dropped 0.08 of a cent to 93.72 cents US as Statistics Canada reported the economy grew by just 0.1% in April — the same pace as in March — on lower oil and gas production. The figures failed to meet economists’ expectations of a gain of 0.2%, according to Thomson Reuters.“It’s not at all surprising to see that we’re seeing sluggish growth. It’s a reflection of a couple of different factors. We haven’t seen the U.S. or the global economy hit its stride, so that’s weighing on the export component of the Canadian economy,” saidCraig Fehr, Canadian market strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis, Mo.“We also continue to see consumers trying to manage high debt loads, along with sluggish wage growth and relativity choppy job growth overall.”New York indexes were mostly lower as the Dow Jones industrials shed 25.24 points to 16,826.60 and the S&P 500 index slipped 0.73 of point to 1,960.23, while the Nasdaq was up 10.25 points to 4,408.18.It’s a shortened trading week for both the TSX and the New York markets. The TSX will be closed Tuesday for Canada Day and the U.S. indexes will close on Friday for Independence Day.Between the holidays, traders are awaiting two key reports in the U.S. — the Institute for Supply Management’s June reading on the manufacturing sector Tuesday and the U.S. government’s employment report for last month, which is being released on Thursday. Markets are hoping to see clear signs of the underlying strength of the U.S. economy.In corporate news, a group of Toronto-area GM Canada dealers is suing the company and its parent General Motors Co., saying the automaker has ignored their repeated calls for financial help to address a drop in sales and market share.In the U.S., the automaker said it is prepared to pay damages to victims of crashes in GM small cars — provided they can prove the cars’ ignition switches caused the crash. GM links 13 deaths to a defective ignition switch in cars such as the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion. But trial lawyers and lawmakers say claims of wrongful death and injury could total in the hundreds.Bombardier Aerospace has received a firm order for 16 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets, with an option on eight others. Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) says the value of the firm order is about US$727 million, although the contract could increase to US$1.12 billion if all options are exercised by the customer, who asked not to be identified at this time.TOP STORIESGM says no limit on the compensation it will pay out to victims of faulty switchesThe godfather of central banks warns stocks are in ‘euphoric’ territory and banks need to raise rates nowCanada’s economy falls short of forecasts as growth stallsCanadian dealers sue GM for aid to ease big drop in market shareTo Facebook, we’re all just lab rats: Manipulation of 700,000 news feeds for emotions study sparks outcryWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYCANADACanada Day, markets closed UNITED STATES9:45 a.m.Markit Manufacturing PMI (June): Economists expect a reading of 57.5, unchanged 10 a.m.ISM Index (June): Economists expect a reading of 55.9, up from last month Construction spending (May): Economists expect a 0.5% rise CORPORATE NEWSCANADAArcan Resources Ltd Q2 earning UNITED STATESPaychex Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 40¢ a share read more

In final stop on Sahel visit Ban pledges ongoing UN support for

During a meeting yesterday in the capital, N’djamena, with President Idriss Déby Itno, the UN chief welcomed Chad’s contribution to United Nations peacekeeping operations, including in Mali.Mr. Ban also hailed the determination of Chad to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers in its armed forces. The two leaders also discussed the worrying security and humanitarian situation in Central African Republic, stressing the need for more international attention to that crisis. They also discussed the implementation of the UN integrated strategy for the Sahel and the assistance which the countries of the region will need to lay the foundations for stability and sustainable development. They agreed on the importance of strengthening cooperation between regional and international partners to meet the common challenges of the Sahel.At this meeting, as he has been the case on other stops during the visit, the Secretary-General was accompanied by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and top officials from the African Union (AU), African Development Bank (ADB) and European Union (EU).“I am pleased to be in Chad, while our visit to the Sahel draws to a close, and to be there in the company of so distinguished a delegation,” said Mr. Ban, adding: “We came to the region to demonstrate our solidarity with the Chadian people and the people of the Sahel and to continue and amplify our joint action.”The Secretary-General also stressed that the United Nations stood ready to support Chad for the preparation of local, legislative and presidential, elections that will be held next year. “I hope that the Independent Electoral Commission will be established as soon as possible to prepare the elections looming. The United Nations is ready to assist Chad in this area and in this area and in any action promoting democracy, development and respect for human rights.” read more