S&P/TSX composite index down in early trading, U.S. stock markets mixed

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TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was down in early trading, weighed down by weakness in the metals and mining sector, while U.S. stock markets were mixed.

The S&P/TSX composite index was down 8.47 points at 17,492.42.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 85.91 points at 30,130.54. The S&P 500 index was down 3.24 points at 3,691.68, while the Nasdaq composite was up 31.29 points at 12,773.81.

The Canadian dollar traded for 77.49 cents US compared with 77.83 cents US on Monday.

The February crude oil contract was down 73 cents at US$47.24 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was up seven cents at US$2.77 per mmBTU.

The February gold contract was up US$2.10 at US$1,884.90 an ounce and the March copper contract was down five cents at US$3.53 a pound.

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