S&P/TSX composite index gains over 150 points, North American markets rise

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    TORONTO – North American stock markets posted gains today with Toronto’s main index surging ahead by more than 150 points.

    The S&P/TSX composite index soared 155.73 points to 14,752.25.

    In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 75.54 points to 18,161.94, while the S&P 500 gained 13.10 points at 2,139.60. The Nasdaq composite advanced 44.02 points to 5,243.84.

    The Canadian dollar was up 0.07 of a U.S. cent to 76.23 cents US.

    The more heavily traded December crude contract gained 25 cents to US$50.62 per barrel, while the November crude contract gained 35 cents to US$50.29 per barrel.

    November natural gas rose 1.9 cents to US$3.26 per mmBTU, the December gold contract rose $6.30 to US$1,262.90 per ounce, and December copper contracts were relatively unchanged at US$2.11 a pound.

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