Canadian dollar ahead of open at Toronto Stock Exchange

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TORONTO - The Canadian dollar is down and U.S. index futures are negative ahead of the open of trading at the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The Canadian dollar.

The loonie traded at 80.07 cents US, down 0.12 of a U.S. cent from Thursday's close.

On the commodity markets, the May crude contract was down 66 cents at US50.77 a barrel and the April bullion contract was down $4.40 at US$1,200.40 an ounce

The Dow Jones industrial futures were down 19 points at 17,584, the Nasdaq futures were off 1.30 points at 4,309.5, and the S&P futures decline 1.30 points to 2,047.2.

The S&P/TSX composite index closed Thursday at 14,869.80, falling 59.57 points through the session.

In corporate news, BlackBerry (TSX:BB) shares were up slightly in pre-market trade after the Canadian smartphone company managed a small profit in the fourth quarter, despite a 32 per cent decline in revenue.

BlackBerry's Nasdaq-listed shares (Nasdaq:BBRY) gained 20 cents to US$9.50 after the Ontario-based company issued a quarterly report showing a US$28 million net profit and US$660 million of revenue.

Organizations: TSX, Toronto Stock Exchange, Dow Jones

Geographic location: U.S.

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