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


TORONTO — Losses in the metals and mining sector helped lead Canada’s main stock index lower in early trading, while the loonie also fell.

The S&P/TSX composite index was down 60.86 points at 18,775.61.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 228.21 points at 32,634.09. The S&P 500 index was down 8.87 points at 3,906.59, while the Nasdaq composite was up 28.14 points at 13,144.31.

The Canadian dollar traded for 79.89 cents US compared with  80.27 cents US on Thursday.

The May crude contract was down 23 cents at US$59.83 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.47 per mmBTU.

The April gold contract was up US$1.80 at US$1,734.30 an ounce and the May copper contract was down four cents at US$4.07 a pound.

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