North American stock markets up in late-morning trading, loonie climbs higher


TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index posted a triple-digit advance in late-morning trading, led by gains in the energy and base metal sectors, while the loonie also climbed higher.

The S&P/TSX composite index was up 112.21 points at 19,300.24.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 56.14 points at 34,189.17. The S&P 500 index was up 14.07 points at 4,178.73, while the Nasdaq composite was up 70.51 points at 13,704.01.

The Canadian dollar traded for 81.57 cents US compared with 81.20 cents US on Tuesday.

The June crude contract was up 80 cents at US$66.49 per barrel and the June natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.94 per mmBTU.

The June gold contract was up US$6.90 at US$1,782.90 an ounce and the July copper contract was up a penny at US$4.53 a pound.

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