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Specialist Robert Canzani speaks with traders on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange, March 28, 2013. The S&P 500 set a record closing high on Thursday, finishing a fifth consecutive month of gains to extend a four-year rally.
Specialist Robert Canzani speaks with traders on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange, March 28, 2013. The S&P 500 set a record closing high on Thursday, finishing a fifth consecutive month of gains to extend a four-year rally.
(BRENDAN MCDERMID/REUTERS)

At the open: Traders put the brakes on

The Toronto stock market started second-quarter trading flat as oil and metal prices failed to find lift from positive U.S. and Chinese manufacturing data.

The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 4.62 points to 12,745.28, as traders awaited a key reading of the American manufacturing sector later in the morning. The Canadian dollar was down 0.11 of a cent to 98.32 cents U.S.