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TORONTO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Canada's benchmark stock index dropped slightly on Friday as mining stocks weakened and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc shed more than 6 percent, while energy stocks firmed despite a drop in crude oil prices.
The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed 2.76 points lower, or down 0.02 percent, at 12,445.45. Just four of the index's 10 main groups were in negative territory. (Reporting by Fergal Smith, editing by G Crosse)