(Toronto) The main Canadian stock index loses nearly 150 points on Tuesday, part of a widespread decline, while American stock markets move in scattered order

The composite index S

In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 209.99 points to 38,658.05. The S index

The Canadian dollar was trading at 72.62 US cents, compared to 72.65 US cents on Monday.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, the price of crude oil rose one cent to US$77.75 per barrel and natural gas rose 15 cents to US$3.06 per million BTUs.

Gold was up US$2.10 at US$2,329.10 an ounce and copper was down seven cents at US$4.48 a pound.