The TSX composite rose 4.16 points to 13,365.42 in mid-morning trading on Friday. The Dow was up 26.17 to 15,571.92, while NASDAQ lost 8.72 to 3,910.99.
Stocks fluctuated on manufacturing data as investors looked for clues on when the Federal Reserve may curb stimulus.
The Federal Open Market Committee this week pressed on with monthly bond purchases of $85 billion a month, awaiting further signs the economy will grow quickly enough to bring down 7.2% unemployment.
The Institute for Supply Management’s factory index rose to 56.4 in October, the highest since April 2011, from 56.2 a month earlier, the Tempe, Arizona-based group’s report showed today.
In China, the official manufacturing gauge rose more than forecast in October to 51.4, the highest level in 18 months. A purchasing managers’ index from HSBC Holdings Plc and Markit Economics also topped projections.
The price of gold fell US$15.46 to US$1,308.29 an ounce, while silver slipped US$0.09 to US$21.83 an ounce.