10/23/2015 09:43 EDT | Updated 10/23/2016 01:12 EDT

Canada's dollar falls below 76 cents US, North American stock markets rise

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar was down half a U.S. cent early Friday as North American stock markets rose.

The loonie traded at 75.82 cents US, down 0.48 from Thursday's close.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 73.44 points at 13,951.55. On Thursday it gained 173.92 points. 

The Dow Jones average of 30 stocks gained 119.53 points to 17,608.69, the broader S&P 500 index advanced 18.34 points to 2,070.85 and the Nasdaq gained 88.03 points to 5,008.08.

On the commodity markets, the December gold contract rose $1.20 to US$1,167.30 an ounce, the December crude contract was down 87 cents at US$44.51 a barrel and the November contract for natural gas was down seven cents at US$2.33.



The Canadian Press