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

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TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged higher in late-morning trading, helped by gains in the materials and consumer staples sectors.

The S&P/TSX composite index was up 23.11 points at 15,295.14.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 91.23 points at 25,639.50. The S&P 500 index was up 14.06 points at 3,050.19, while the Nasdaq composite was up 48.48 points at 9,460.84.

The Canadian dollar traded for 72.66 cents US compared with 72.57 cents US on Wednesday.

The July crude contract was down five cents at US$32.76 per barrel and the July natural gas contract was up nearly four cents at US$1.85 per mmBTU.

The August gold contract was up US$10.00 at US$1,736.80 an ounce and the July copper contract was up nearly two cents at US$2.40 a pound.

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

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