The Canadian dollar weakened against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday as evidence of the coronavirus spreading outside of China weighed on investor sentiment, while a measure of domestic employment showed jobs rose for the seventh straight month. Stocks globally fell as South Korea reported a spike in new cases and Japan reported two new deaths, while research suggested the virus spreads faster than previously thought. Canada is a major exporter of commodities, including oil, so its economy could be hurt should the coronavirus outbreak slow global growth. U.S. crude oil futures were up 1.3%, supported by China’s efforts to boost its economy and supply concerns in Venezuela and Libya. At 9:46 a.m. EST (1446 GMT), the Canadian dollar was trading 0.2% lower at 1.3241 to the greenback, or 75.52 U.S. cents. The currency traded in a range of 1.3212 to 1.3265. Canada added 25,900 jobs in January, led by hiring in the trade, transportation and utilities and construction sectors, according to a report from payroll services provider ADP released on Thursday.