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A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange August 14, 2012.


The Toronto stock market is positive as traders looked to key housing and manufacturing data along with rising commodities.

The S&P/TSX composite index gained 21.84 points to 11,927.28.

The loonie was off 0.02 of a cent to 101.09 cents (U.S.) as Statistics Canada reported manufacturing shipments dropped 0.4 per cent during June. At the same time, the agency revised the May showing to flat from a drop of 0.4 per cent.

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New York's Dow Jones industrials added 3.34 points to 13,168.12, the Nasdaq composite index was ahead 7.53 points to 3,038.46 and the S&P 500 index advanced 1.16 points to 1,406.69.

Other data showed that U.S. builders slowed their pace of housing construction slightly in July as construction of single-family homes and apartments dipped 1.1 per cent. But in a hopeful sign for future construction, building permits increased almost 7 per cent.

Oil rose 21 cents to $95.54 (U.S.) a barrel.

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