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Change: 65.32 (0.42%)

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775.87 real time data change down
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Change: -0.79 (-0.10%)
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6:09 PM EDT, September 12, 2017
Triple-Digit Gains in Toronto

Markets in Toronto celebrated gains for the second straight day Tuesday, as health-care displayed some muscle and energy stocks gushed higher as well.

The S&P/TSX Composite Index triumphed 103.11 points to conclude Tuesday at 15,143.11

The Canadian dollar dropped 0.54 cents to 82.10 cents U.S.

Health-care stocks continued their winning ways, leading all gaining subgroups Tuesday. Medical marijuana concern Canopy Growth rocketed 59 cents, or 6.2%, to $10.07, while rival Aphria Inc. strengthened 33 cents, or 5.5%, to $6.33.

Energy stocks tracked oil prices slightly higher, while Nuvista Energy Ltd jumped 28 cents, or 4.3%, to $6.81 after it reaffirmed its 2017 guidance. Cenovus Energy declined 38 cents, or 3.8%, to $10.51.

Among industrials, Bombardier rose 1.5 cents to $2.43 as Britain and Canada team up to intervene in a dispute between the Canadian aircraft maker and Boeing Co. Norbord gained 61 cents, or 1.3%, to $46.74.

In the tech sector, BlackBerry prospered 23 cents, or 2.1%, to $11.32.

Utilities weighed most among that minority of subgroups which lost ground, as Hydro One dropped 9.5 cents to $22.71.

ON BAYSTREET

The TSX Venture Exchange added 5.61 points to 775.20

All but two of the 12 TSX subgroups gained ground on the day, led by health-care, up 1.7%, energy, 1.4% better, while industrials and information technology were each stronger by 1.1%

The two laggards were utilities, sinking 0.6%, and real-estate, losing 0.3%.

ON WALLSTREET

U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday as financials received a boost from rising yields. Wall Street also digested comments from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on tax reform.

The Dow Jones Industrials gained 61.49 points to close Tuesday at 22,118.86, with Goldman Sachs contributing the most to the gains.

DowDuPont, meanwhile, was among the best-performing stock in the index, trading 2.3% higher.

The S&P 500 improved on Monday's record by gaining 8.37 points to 2,496.48

The NASDAQ climbed 22.02 points to 6,454.28, also an all-time high.

On a day light on earnings reports, Farmer Brothers Co. was due to report soon after the close.

Investors also set their sights on Washington after Mnuchin said he was "hopeful" that tax reform would be accomplished by year's end, adding the administration is thinking about backdating reform to Jan. 1.

Shares of Apple closed 0.4% lower, after alternating between gains and losses for most of the session. For the year, the stock has jumped approximately 40% and one Drexel Hamilton analyst thinks it will benefit from the upcoming iPhone cycle.

Prices for the benchmark 10-year Treasury note stepped back, hiking yields to 2.17% from Monday's 2.14%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices gaining 20 cents to $48.27

Gold prices eked out a gain of 20 cents to $1,331.50 U.S. an ounce.



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