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Triple-Digit Gains for Markets by Noon

Canada's main stock index rose on Friday, boosted by energy shares after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies agreed to supply cuts, while upbeat comments from U.S. President Donald Trump on a trade deal with China also helped sentiment.

The TSX Composite Index jumped 153.34 points to greet noon at 17,008.26

The Canadian dollar deducted 0.47 cents to 75.42 cents U.S.

The largest percentage gainers on the TSX were First Quantum Minerals which jumped 64 cents, or 5.2%, to $12.89, and CI Financial, which rose 91 cents, or 4.3% to $21.97,after RBC upgraded its shares to "sector perform" from "underperform"

Yamana Gold fell 20 cents, or 3.9%, the most on the TSX, to $4.78, as spot prices of gold was lower.

The second biggest decliner was Pan American Silver, down 99 cents, or 3.6%, to $26.41.

On the economic slate, Statistics Canada said Canada's economy lost 71,000 jobs in November, boosting the unemployment rate by 0.4 percentage points to 5.9%. Employment had held steady during October.


The TSX Venture Exchange regained 0.2 points to 537.31

In Toronto, all but one of the 12 subgroups were positive midday, with energy sprinting 3.2%, industrials ahead 1.3%, and consumer staples popping 1.2%.

Only gold missed out on the party, declining 1%.


Stocks surged on Friday on the back of U.S. jobs growth that easily topped analyst expectations as Wall Street wrapped up a choppy week of trading.

The Dow Jones Industrials had ballooned 328.50 points, or 1.2%, by lunch hour, to 28,006.38

The S&P 500 jumped 31.8 points, or 1%, to 3,149.28

The NASDAQ hiked 84.47 points, or 1%, to 8,655.17

Shares of 3M led the Dow's strong gains, rising more than 3%. The energy sector was the best performer in the S&P 500, jumping 2.1%.

Industrials and financials rose more than 1% each. Google-parent Alphabet traded 0.8% higher and hit an all-time high. Apple shares also reached record levels, trading 1.8% higher.

The S&P 500 came into the session down 0.7% for the week, but Friday's strong gains helped the index recover those losses. The Dow and NASDAQ each entered Friday trading down more than 1% week to date. The Dow declined 0.3%, while NASDAQ had doffed 0.2%, after the session began.

The U.S. Labor Department said the economy added 266,000 jobs in November. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected a gain of 187,000. The unemployment rate fell to 3.5%, matching its lowest level since 1969.

Friday's report comes as investors grappled with mixed signals on the U.S.-China trade front this week. China started off the week saying it wants tariffs to be canceled as part of a "phase-one" trade deal. President Donald Trump later said he could hold off on any deal until after the 2020 U.S. election.

Other data slated for release Friday includes consumer sentiment for December, wholesale trade figures for October and the latest reading of consumer credit will all follow slightly later in the session.

Prices for the 10-Year U.S. Treasury sagged, raising yields to 1.85% from Thursday's 1.80%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices recaptured 62 cents at $59.05 U.S. a barrel.

Gold prices descended $17.40 to $1,465.70 U.S. an ounce.

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