Base metals and tech lift S&P/TSX composite, loonie tops 82 cents US

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The base metal and technology sectors helped Canada’s main stock index post a triple-digit advance in early trading, while the loonie topped 82 cents US.

The S&P/TSX composite index was up 103.93 points at 19,394.91.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 57.93 points at 34,606.46. The S&P 500 index was up 14.88 points at 4,216.50, while the Nasdaq composite was up 108.51 points at 13,741.35.

The Canadian dollar traded for 82.12 cents US compared with 81.97 cents US on Thursday.

The June crude oil contract was down 44 cents at US$64.27 per barrel and the June natural gas contract was up less than a penny at US$2.93 per mmBTU.

The June gold contract was up US$15.50 at US$1,831.20 an ounce and the July copper contract was up 11 cents at US$4.71 a pound.

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