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

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TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index ticked higher in late-morning trading, boosted by gains in the key financial, energy and industrial sectors, while U.S. stock markets also edged up.

The S&P/TSX composite index was up 49.52 points at 15,343.90.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 25.52 points at 25,471.46. The S&P 500 index was up 2.17 points at 3,052.50, while the Nasdaq composite was up 12.75 points at 9,921.92.

The Canadian dollar traded for 73.25 cents US compared with 73.58 cents US on Wednesday.

The August crude contract was up nine cents at US$38.10 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was down nearly 11 cents at US$1.56 per mmBTU.

The August gold contract was down US$6.10 at US$1,769.00 an ounce and the July copper contract was down a penny at US$2.64 a pound.

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

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