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Canadian Financial Close: TSX falls with banking, oil

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, March 20, 2017 (CNS Canada), Mar 20, 2017 (Commodity News Service Canada, Inc. via COMTEX) --

WINNIPEG, March 20 - The Canadian dollar was relatively unchanged against its US counterpart on Monday, as traders waited for the release of retail sales figures and other government data later this week.

The Canadian dollar closed at C$0.7488 or US$1=C$1.3354, compared to Friday's close of C$0.7498 or US$1=C$1.3337.

The S&P/TSX Composite Index declined on Monday due to losses in the banking sector and a decline in crude oil prices.

Toronto-Dominion Bank dipped by 0.8% while Bank of Montreal was 1% lower.

The index fell 48.17 points, or 0.3%, to 15,442.32.

     Canada's agricultural sector performed as follows:
     AGT Food and Ingredients-----dn  $ 0.19    at $ 31.64
     Agrium Incorporated----------dn  $ 1.43    at $127.91
     Buhler Industries--------------  $ 0.00    at $  4.55
     Maple Leaf Foods-------------up  $ 0.06    at $ 31.52
     Potash Corp. of Sask---------dn  $ 0.11    at $ 22.99

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