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Canadian dollar down, Toronto Stock Exchange up in early trading Monday

TORONTO - The Canadian dollar was down about one-quarter of a U.S. cent shortly after the open of North American stock markets.The loonie traded at 80.14 cents US, down 0.27 of a U.S. cent from Friday's close.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 6.61 points at 15,020.70, after falling 92.91 points on Friday.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 13.94 points at 18,024.62, but the Nasdaq index fell 7.9 points to 5,062.13, and the S&P 500 declined 1.29 points to 2,106.1.On the commodity markets, the July crude contract was down four cents at US$60.26 a barrel and the August gold contract rose $13.40 to US$1,203.20 an ounce.

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