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Two of North America’s main stock indexes hit record highs on Wednesday as investors shrugged off reports of challenges in negotiations between the world’s two largest economies.

The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 48.61 points to 16,957.99 after hitting an intraday high of 16,987.29.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 92.10 points at 27,783.59 after hitting an intraday record of 27,806.40. The S&P 500 index was up 2.20 points at 3,094.04, while the Nasdaq composite was down 3.99 points at 8,482.10.

The Canadian dollar traded for US75.48¢ compared with an average of US75.60¢ on Tuesday.

The December crude contract was up US32¢ at US$57.12 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down US2.1¢ at US$2.60 per mmBTU.

The December gold contract was up US$9.60 at US$1,463.30 an ounce and the December copper contract was down US0.6¢ at US$2.64 a pound.