04/26/2017 07:38 EDT | Updated 04/26/2017 07:40 EDT

Toronto stock index struggles to be positive, Canadian dollar slips

TORONTO — Canada's main stock index has been lagging major U.S. markets this morning.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 7.83 points to 15,753.02, after 90 minutes of trading.

Most of the TSX was down, while the three main U.S. stock indexes were up most of the time.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 30.87 points to 21,026.99, the S&P 500 index added 4.41 points to 2,393.02, and the Nasdaq composite index was up 4.61 points to 6,030.10.

The Canadian dollar was trading at 73.71 cents US, down a 0.01 of a U.S. cent from Tuesday's close.

The June crude contract was up 22 cents at US$49.78 per barrel and the June natural gas contract advanced nine cents at US$3.25 per mmBTU.

The June gold contract gave back $2.20 at US$1,265.00 an ounce and the May copper contract was unchanged at US$2.58 a pound.