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S&P/TSX composite index little changed in late-morning trading, U.S. markets mixed

Canada’s main stock index was little changed as strength in the base metal stocks weighed against losses in the financial and industrial sectors in late-morning trading.

The S&P/TSX composite index was down 0.77 of a point at 21,323.54.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 148.83 points at 38,920.40. The S&P 500 index was down 1.27 points at 5,068.26, while the Nasdaq composite was up 32.15 points at 16,008.40.

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The Canadian dollar traded for 73.97 cents US compared with 73.99 cents US on Monday.

The April crude oil contract was up 80 cents at US$78.38 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was up six cents at US$1.81 per mmBTU.

The April gold contract was up US$3.10 at US$2,042.00 an ounce and the May copper contract was up two cents at US$3.85 a pound.

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