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Toronto, U.S. markets up early Monday, loonie advances

TORONTO - Major stock indexes advanced and the Canadian dollar was up early Monday.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 12.21 points to 15,038.83, following an 84-point gain last Thursday before the holiday weekend.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 6.61 points to 17,769.85 while the Nasdaq index gained 5.08 points to 4,892.02. The S&P 500 index advanced 1.64 points to 2,068.60.The loonie was up 0.67 of a U.S. cent from Thursday's close, trading at 80.26 cents US.The American dollar has weakened since the U.S. Labour Department reported Friday that only 126,000 jobs were created in March — the first time in 12 months that fewer than 200,000 American jobs were added in a month. On the commodity markets, the May crude contract was up $1.46 at US$50.60 a barrel and the June bullion contract rose $9.40 to US$1,220.30 an ounce.

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