08/31/2015 09:28 EDT | Updated 08/31/2016 01:12 EDT

Loonie down one-third of a cent, U.S. index futures negative ahead of the open

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar was down and U.S. market futures were lower shortly before North American trading began Monday. 

The loonie was down one-third of a U.S. cent, falling 0.32 cent to 75.35 cents US.

The Dow Jones industrial futures were down 148 points at 16,511,0 and the S&P 500 futures were down 16.5 points at 1,973.20 and the Nasdaq futures lost 31 points to 4,302.0.

On the commodity markets, the December gold contract fell 7.20 to US$1,126.80 an ounce, the October crude contract was down 59 cents at US$44.63 a barrel and the October contract for natural gas was down five cents at US$2.66.

Toronto's S&P/TSX index close Friday at 13,865.07, after rising 98.40 points.

The Canadian Press