TORONTO -- Major North American stock indices edged forward amid ongoing uncertainty in China-U.S. trade relations.

The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 71.67 points to 16,877.42.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average advanced 6.11 points to 27,680.91 The S&P 500 index was moved up 7.85 points to 3,093.03, while the Nasdaq composite rose 40.80 points to 8,475.31.

The Canadian dollar exchange rate was not available at the time of publication.

The December crude contract gained nine cents to US$57.24 per barrel and the December natural gas contract rose about two cents to roughly US$2.79 per mmBTU.

The December gold contract fell US$3.50 to US$1,462.90 an ounce and the December copper contract retreated by about 4.6 cents to US$2.682 a pound.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 8, 2019