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Loonie slips, U.S. index futures rise ahead of North American stock trading

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar was moderately lower and U.S. index futures were higher early Wednesday.

The loonie was down 0.15 of a cent at 72.64 cents US.

The Dow Jones index futures were up 83 points at 17,553.0, the S&P 500 futures advanced 7.7 points to 2,044.8 and the Nasdaq gained 18.8 points to 4,619.8.

On the commodity markets, the February gold contract rose $2.60 to US$1,064.20 an ounce, the January crude contract was down 26 cents at US$37.09 per barrel and the January contract for natural gas was down two cents at US$1.80

On Tuesday, the S&P/TSX composite index closed up 224.08 points at 12,919.57.

The Canadian Press

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