North American stock markets up in early trading to start the week


TORONTO — The energy and metals and mining sectors helped boost Canada’s main stock index in early trading, while U.S. stock markets also climbed higher.

The S&P/TSX composite index was up 81.97 points at 17,101.07.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 213.45 points at 29,476.93. The S&P 500 index was up 23.12 points at 3,580.66, while the Nasdaq composite was up 70.17 points at 11,925.14.

The Canadian dollar traded for 76.52 cents US compared with 76.51 cents US on Friday.

The January crude contract was up 45 cents at US$42.87 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was up three cents at US$2.80 per mmBTU.

The December gold contract was down US$7.20 at US$1,865.20 an ounce and the December copper contract was down two cents at US$3.28 a pound.

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