Energy sector helps lift Toronto market, U.S. stocks mixed at late morning

TORONTO — Strength in energy stocks helped lift Canada’s main stock index higher in late-morning trading, while oil and natural gas prices also climbed higher.

The S&P/TSX composite index was up 99.57 points at 15,218.85.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 139.46 points at 25,410.29. The S&P 500 index was up 9.77 points at 2,732.83, while the Nasdaq composite was down 60.34 points at 7,296.65.

The Canadian dollar traded higher at 76.42 cents US compared with an average of 76.31 cents US on Friday.

The December crude contract was up 62 cents at US$63.76 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was up 25.3 cents at US$3.54 per mmBTU.

The December gold contract was down 40 cents at US$1,232.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 5.00 cents at US$2.76 a pound.

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