Materials sector helps lift Toronto stock market, U.S. stocks mixed

Materials sector helps lift Toronto stock market, U.S. stocks mixed
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TORONTO — The materials sector helped lift Canada’s main stock index in late-morning trading, while U.S. stock markets were mixed.

The S&P/TSX composite index was up 44.34 points at 15,528.89.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 67.27 points at 24,947.59. The S&P 500 index was up 15.67 points at 2,696.72, while the Nasdaq composite was up 87.17 points at 7,270.25.

The Canadian dollar traded higher at 76.09 cents US compared with an average of 75.80 cents US on Wednesday.

The March crude contract was up 97 cents at US$55.20 per barrel and the March natural gas contract was down 1.5 cents at US$2.84 per mmBTU.

The April gold contract was up US$12.10 at US$1,327.60 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 1.65 cents at US$2.78 a pound.

Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)

The Canadian Press

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