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North American stock markets were flat Thursday on new fears of a global economic slowdown even as the bull market becomes longest and strongest in history.

The S&P/TSX composite index was up 14.19 points at 16,972.18 to hit a record close for a third consecutive day.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 1.63 points at 27,781.96. The S&P 500 index was up 2.59 points at 3,096.63, while the Nasdaq composite was down 3.08 points at 8,479.02.

The Canadian dollar traded for US75.43¢ compared with an average of US75.48¢ on Wednesday.

The December crude contract was down US35¢ at US$56.77 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was up US4.7¢ at US$2.65 per mmBTU.

The December gold contract was up US$10.10 at US$1,473.40 an ounce and the December copper contract was down US1.8¢ cents at US$2.62 a pound.