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North American stock markets snapped a four-day winning streak at the end of the week as concerns about the coronavirus overshadowed strong job gains.

The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 102.00 points at 17,655.49.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 277.26 points at 29,102.51. The S&P 500 index was down 18.07 points at 3,327.71, while the Nasdaq composite was down 51.64 points at 9,520.51.

The Canadian dollar traded for US75.16¢, down from an average of US75.24¢ on Thursday even as Statistics Canada reported that the economy added 34,500 jobs in January, roughly twice the number expected by economists.

The March crude contract was down US63¢ at US$50.32 per barrel and the March natural gas contract down 0.4 of a cent at US$1.86 per mmBTU.

The April gold contract was up US$3.40 at US$1,573.40 an ounce and the March copper contract was down four cents at US$2.55 a pound.