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Buyers send North American stock markets higher after recent negativity

TORONTO - North American stock markets shot higher as buyers returned in droves following a big sell-off the previous session.Toronto's S&P/TSX composite was up 115.25 points at 15,339.77, more than recouping the previous session's 122.82-point loss.Pushing the market higher were metals and mining stocks as copper prices rose about six per cent for the week.Oil prices continued to broadly move higher, though the June crude contract settled 48 cents lower at US$59.15 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.In New York, markets also soared after big losses on Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 183.54 points to 18,024.06, the Nasdaq soared 63.97 points to 5,005.39 and the S&P 500 pushed ahead 22.78 points to 2,108.29.The loonie was down 0.63 of a U.S. cent at 82.26 cents.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter.

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