Dec 23 Canadian stock futures were little
changed on Friday as investors gear up for Christmas holidays.
Gross domestic product growth likely stalled in October,
data is expected to show. The report is due at 8:30 a.m. ET.
March futures on the S&P TSX index were down 0.03
percent at 7:15 a.m. ET.
Canada's benchmark stock index climbed for the sixth
straight session on Thursday, led by energy and telecom shares,
after the nation's telecom regulator ruled that broadband
internet access will be considered a basic service.
Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were
down 0.04 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures
were down 0.03 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures
were down 0.09 percent.
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ANALYST RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS
Oceanagold Corp : Raymond James raises rating to
"strong buy" from "outperform"
Sun Life Financial Inc : Dundee cuts rating to
"neutral" from "buy"
Royal Bank of Canada : Dundee raises target price to
C$93 from C$87
COMMODITIES AT 7:15 a.m. ET
Gold futures : $1,131.5; +0.21 pct
US crude : $52.33; -1.15 pct
Brent crude : $54.30; -1.34 pct
LME 3-month copper : $5,508.00; -0.18 pct
U.S. ECONOMIC DATA DUE ON FRIDAY
1000 U Mich Sentiment Final for Dec: Expected 98.0; Prior
1000 U Mich Conditions Final for Dec: Expected 112.0; Prior
1000 U Mich Expectations Final for Dec: Expected 89.0; Prior
1000 U Mich 1 year inflation final for Dec: Prior +2.3 pct
1000 U Mich 5 year inflation final for Dec: Prior +2.5 pct
1000 New home sales-units for Nov: Expected 0.575 mln; Prior
1000 New home sales change mm for Nov: Expected +2.1 pct;
Prior -1.9 pct
1030 ECRI Weekly Index: Prior 143.4
1030 ECRI weekly annualized: Prior +11.0 pct
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(Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil