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Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 77.90 points to 15,135.52, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 63.48 points to 21,350.51. The S&P 500 index added 5.22 points to 2,424.92 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 6.13 points to 6,150.48.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.01 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 76.83 cents US.The August crude contract was up 42 cents at US$45.35 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was down five cents at US$2.99 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was down $3.30 to US$1,242.50 an ounce and the September copper contract was unchanged at US$2.70 a pound.