Toronto stock index set for mixed opening
*TSX could get a boost from oil and gold prices
*U.S. results, jobless claims may weigh on index
*Canadian Natural may be in focus after results
TORONTO, Aug 7 (Reuters) - The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index was set to open mixed on Thursday, on firmness in oil and gold prices and as big names like Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ.TO: Quote) reported quarterly results.
The price of oil rose to around $121 a barrel, while the gold price also firmed.
The commodity-related groups had provided the main impetus for big gains on Wednesday, as investors returned to stocks that were battered earlier this week.
"I think energy will be a very strong influence," said Joe Ismail, technical analyst at Maison Placements Canada.
"The senior oil stocks have sort of sold off very quickly. they are at a comfortable zone where I can see bargain-hunters sneaking in, picking up and choosing."
He said firmness in gold may support the index. Continued...