North American stock markets open trading higher, oil also trades up

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TORONTO — North American stock markets started the final day of the trading week by climbing higher, while the price of oil also ticked up.

The S&P/TSX composite index up 64.76 points at 14,315.85.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 131.95 points at 23,647.21. The S&P 500 index was up 13.12 points at 2,10.92, while the Nasdaq composite was up 14.76 points at 8,09.51.

The Canadian dollar traded for 71.13 cents US compared with an average of 71.11 cents US on Thursday.

The June crude contract was up 80 cents at US$17.30 per barrel and the May natural gas contract was up two cents at nearly US$1.97 per mmBTU.

The June gold contract was up US$9.60 at US$1,755.00 an ounce and the May copper contract was up a penny at US$2.32 a pound.

Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)

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