Canada’s main stock index kept on the positive side of flat on Tuesday as global risk-off sentiments weighed ahead of more economic data later in the week. Financials led the decliners after Bank of Nova Scotia’s profit miss. Investors are focused on more quarterly results to come from the Canadian big banks in the coming days.

U.S. markets were also flat with a divided ending as traders analyzed the strong gains seen throughout the trading month of November. The Dow is looking to gain 6.9 per cent for and S&P 500 is on track to finish the month 8.5 per cent higher. The NASDAQ has climbed 10.8 per cent in what has been a strong month.

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The Canadian dollar traded for 73.64 cents U.S., compared to 73.31 cents U.S. on Monday.

U.S. crude futures traded $1.56 higher at $76.42 a barrel, and the Brent contract rose $1.53 to $81.61 a barrel.

The price of gold was up US$26.29 to US$2,041.64.

In world markets, the Nikkei was down 39.28 points to 33,408.39, the Hang Seng was down 170.92 points to 17,354.14, the FTSE was down 5.46 points to 7,455.24, but the DAX was up 26.30 points to 15,992.67.

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