Canada Shares Slump at Close

Europe and Asia stocks finish mixed

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX fell 57.33 points, or 0.74%, to 7,667.75, giving up nearly half the gains it made Thursday. Investors opted to adopt a defensive posture ahead of the long U.S. weekend. With America on terrorist alert, S&P's MMS says the stock markets are presently not the ideal place for Canadian investors to seek refuge.

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