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North American markets fall, Canadian dollar falls

TORONTO — The Toronto Stock Exchange and major U.S. markets were down in early trading Friday morning.

The S&P/TSX composite index was down 92.49 points at 13,503.92, after climbing 51.16 points on Thursday.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 187.60 points at 16,187.16, the broader S&P 500 index fell 19.22 points to 1,931.91 and Nasdaq declined 33.92 to 4,699.58.

The loonie traded at 75.57 cents US, down 0.22 of a U.S. cent from Thursday's close.

On the commodity markets, the December gold contract rose $8.70 to US$1,125.60 an ounce, the October crude contract was down 50 cents at US$46.25 a barrel and the October contract for natural gas was down three cents at US$2.69.

The Canadian Press

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