06/25/2015 08:58 EDT | Updated 06/25/2016 01:12 EDT

Loonie up, U.S. index futures positive ahead of North American stock trading

TORONTO - The Canadian dollar was up about one-tenth of a U.S. cent ahead of trading on North American stock markets.The loonie traded at 80.78 cents US, up 0.13 of a U.S. cent from Wednesday's close.The Dow Jones industrial futures were up 51 points at 17,934.0, the Nasdaq futures rose 14.5 points to 4,530.3, and the S&P 500 futures advanced 4.6 points to 2,104.0.On the commodity markets, the August crude contract was down 31 cents at US$59.96 a barrel and the August gold contract fell 90 cents to US$1,172.00 an ounce.The S&P/TSX composite index closed Wednesday at 14,947.51, after rising nearly 300 points over the previous three days.