On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):
In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 36.64 points to 20,379.67.
The Dow Jones industrial average was up 24.55 points to 34,520.61.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 5.62 points to 4,366.81.
The Nasdaq composite index was up 19.25 points to 14,505.45.
The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.13 cents US.
The Canadian Press