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Canadian banks raise prime lending rate to 3.45% in wake of Bank of Canada move

TORONTO — Canada’s biggest banks will hike their prime rate by a quarter of a percentage point on Thursday, putting financial pressure on homeowners with variable rate mortgages.

The Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY) was first to announce its prime rate will rise to 3.45 per cent, shortly after the Bank of Canada raised its key short-term rate by a quarter-point to 1.25 per cent.

Dow 25,000: Index keeps rolling with another milestone

NEW YORK — The Dow Jones industrial average burst through the 25,000 point mark Thursday, just five weeks after its first close above 24,000.

The Dow passed five 1,000-point barriers in 2017 on its way to a 25 per cent gain for the year, as an eight-year rally since the Great Recession continued to confound skeptics.