MID-DAY: North American markets slip on commodity and oil drops

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Commodity and energy stocks are holding back the TSX. The Bay Street Index is down 10 points to 15,622 as the price of gold and crude slip in early trade.

US crude is down to 51.71 as investors worry over a drop in global demand.

But, that sentiment may turn around as US and Chinese officials meet for another round of trade negotiations between the two countries. The optimism in that meeting isn’t helping the Dow however, as it drops 24 points to 25,081.

Meanwhile, the energy tied Loonie is slipping to 75.11 cents US.

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