08/21/2015 09:32 EDT | Updated 08/21/2016 01:12 EDT

Canadian dollar steady, U.S. index futures fall before North American market open

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar was stable and U.S. index futures were down ahead of trading on North American stock markets.

The loonie traded at 76.45 cents US, unchanged from Thursday.

The Dow Jones industrial futures were down 103 points at 16,814,0, the Nasdaq futures declined 24.8 points to 4,341.50, and the S&P 500 futures fell 5.7 points to 2,019.7.

On the commodity markets, the December gold contract rose $4.70 to US$1,157.90 an ounce, the October crude contract was down 27 cents at US$41.05 a barrel and the October contract for natural gas was down three cents at US$2.72.

Toronto's S&P/TSX composite index fell 299.63 points on Thursday to close at 13,737.00 in what was its fourth consecutive losing session. The index hadn't closed below 14,000 since Dec. 17, when it ended the trading day at 13,861.52.

The Canadian Press