North American markets take a break from major sell off in recent

TORONTO — The Toronto Stock Exchange was relatively flat in early trading after the open as investors eased away from the big sell off experienced in recent sessions.The S&P/TSX composite index moved up 9.83 points to 14,280.16 in the morning.North American markets have been lower for the past three sessions as heavyweight stocks began to pull back on uncertainty over economic growth. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials slid 1.29 points to 16,244.58, while the Nasdaq was ahead 20.30 points to 4,100.06. The S&P 500 index lifted 1.67 points to 1,846.71.In commodities, the May crude contract rose 67 cents to US$101.11 a barrel, while June bullion rose $12.40 to $1,310.70 an ounce. May copper fell 0.5 of a cent to US$3.04 a pound.And the Canadian dollar moved 0.31 of a cent higher to 91.48 cents US after new figures indicated a slowdown in domestic construction activity. read more