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Canada’s main stock index got a lift from the heavyweight financials sector after the first bank to report this quarter beat expectations, while U.S. markets hit their highest levels in more than two months.

The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 72.70 points at 15,148.12.

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 529.95 points or 2.2 per cent at 24,995.11. The S&P 500 index was up 36.32 points at 2,991.77, while the Nasdaq composite was up 15.63 points at 9,340.22.

The Canadian dollar traded for US72.44¢ compared with US71.51¢ on Monday.

The July crude contract was up US$1.10 at US$34.35 per barrel and the July natural gas contract was up 6.4 cents at US$1.945 per mmBTU.

The June gold contract was down US$29.90 at US$1,705.60 an ounce and the July copper contract was up 3.2 cents at nearly US$2.42 a pound.