S&P/TSX composite down more than 150 points as commodity prices tumble

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TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index fell more than 150 points in late-morning trading as the energy and base metal sectors led the way lower amid weaker commodity prices, while U.S. stock markets were up.

The S&P/TSX composite index was down 167.74 points at 18,836.32.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 36.63 points at 29,963.70. The S&P 500 index was up 7.25 points at 3,674.02, while the Nasdaq composite was up 126.30 points at 10,772.40.

The Canadian dollar traded for 76.59 cents US compared with 77.35 cents US on Thursday.

The August crude contract was down US$6.42 at US$108.83 per barrel and the July natural gas contract was down 23 cents at US$7.23 per mmBTU.

The August gold contract was down US$6.60 at US$1,843.30 an ounce and the July copper contract was down 10 cents at US$4.01 a pound.

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