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Canadian dollar gains ground ahead of open at Toronto Stock Exchange

TORONTO - The Canadian dollar gained ground Friday ahead of the open of trading at the Toronto Stock Exchange.The loonie traded at 82.53 cents US, up 0.20 of a U.S. cent from Thursday close.The Dow Jones industrial futures were up 12 points at 17,993.0, the Nasdaq futures rose 29.8 points to 4,511.3, and the S&P 500 futures declined 2.5 points to 2,109.4.On the commodity markets, the June crude contract was down 22 cents at US$57.52 a barrel and the June gold contract fell $7.50 to US$1,186.80 an ounce ahead of the TSX open.The S&P/TSX composite index closed Thursday at 15,392.35, after rising 87.58 points.

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