December 18, 2015 / 12:46 PM / 2 years ago

CANADA STOCKS-TSX set to open lower as oil continues fall

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Dec 18 (Reuters) - Stock futures pointed to a lower opening for Canada's main stock index on Friday on concerns surrounding falling oil prices which are set for a third straight weekly drop, the longest losing streak in four months.

March futures on the S&P TSX index were down 0.45 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET.

Inflation data for November and wholesale trade data for October are due at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Canada's main stock index fell on Thursday as weaker commodity prices following Wednesday's U.S. Federal Reserve rate hike weighed on energy and mining stocks, while a wireless acquisition dragged telecom stocks lower.

Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were down 0.62 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were down 0.58 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were down 0.31 percent. (Morning News Call newsletter link.reuters.com/nex49s; The Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s)

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COMMODITIES AT 7:15 a.m. ET

Gold futures : $1,056.5; +0.65 pct

US crude : $34.52; -1.23 pct

Brent crude : $36.86; -0.54 pct

LME 3-month copper : $4,662.50; +2.65 pct

Analyst Research Highlights

Shaw Communications : Canaccord Genuity cuts price target to C$25 from C$27

Bonterra Energy Corp : CIBC cuts target price to C$26 from C$29

Secure Energy Services Inc : RBC cuts target price to C$12 from C$14

u.s. Economic Data Due on Friday

0945 Markit Composite Flash PMI for Dec: Prior 55.90

0945 Markit Services PMI Flash for Dec: Expected 56.0; Prior 56.1

1030 ECRI Weekly Index: Prior 131.3

1030 ECRI weekly annualized: Prior -0.8 pct

1100 KC Fed Manufacturing for Dec: Prior 3

1100 KC Fed Composite Index for Dec: Prior 1

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TSX market report

Canadian dollar and bonds report

Reuters global stocks poll for Canada

Canadian markets directory ($1= C$1.40) (Reporting by Ayesha Sruti Ahmed in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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