Canada’s main stock index was up more than 100 points in late-morning trading, helped by gains in energy and base metal stocks, while U.S. stock markets also climbed higher.

The S&P/TSX composite index was up 103.84 points at 21,347.61.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 30.14 points at 38,979.16. The S&P 500 index was up 12.84 points at 5,082.60, while the Nasdaq composite was up 69.10 points at 16,016.84.

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The Canadian dollar traded for 73.71 cents US compared with 73.67 cents US on Wednesday.

The April crude contract was up 11 cents at US$78.65 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was down two cents at US$1.87 per mmBTU.

The April gold contract was up US$12.50 at US$2,055.20 an ounce and the May copper contract was up two cents at US$3.86 a pound.

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