CANADA STOCKS-TSX seen flat on mixed commodities

Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:19am EDT
 
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 TORONTO, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index is
likely to open little changed on Thursday as firm oil prices
offset weakness in metals prices.
 Investors may also look to U.S. stocks for direction, where
index futures pointed to a soft open.
 On Wednesday, the S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE ended
down 0.95 percent and finished lower for the first time in five
sessions on a plunge in mining giant Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO: Quote)
and concerns about the economy.
 U.S. stock index futures slipped on Thursday, easing after
the S&P 500 benchmark index racked up its highest closing level
for the year on Wednesday.
 World equities pulled back from an 11-month high on
Thursday in the face of a likely weaker opening on Wall Street.
[MKTS/GLOB]
 Investors awaited data on the U.S. labor market. [.N]
expected to show a slight fall in jobless claims.
 The S&P/TSX index closed down 105.13 points to 11,000.17 on
Wednesday.
 Here is some news that could affect the market:
 GM PREPARED TO SELL OPEL TO MAGNA -SOURCES
 General Motors [GM.UL] is prepared to sell its European
carmaker Opel to Canada's Magna MGa.TO, two people familiar
with the negotiations told Reuters on Thursday. [ID:nWEA0302]
 BANK OF CANADA RATE ANNOUNCEMENT
 The Bank of Canada is set to make its rate announcement at
9:00 a.m. (1300 GMT). The central bank will keep up pressure on
markets to back off the rising Canadian dollar this week,
analysts predict, but it may also express confidence in its
view the economy is bouncing back.  [ID:nN08189274]
 MDS INC MDS.TO
 Health sciences company MDS Inc reported a quarterly loss
on Thursday, hurt by the lingering effects of a nuclear isotope
shortage and as customers deferred research and development
projects. [ID:nN09339777]
 VITERRA INC VT.TO
 Canadian grain-handling company Viterra Inc said an
Australian court has approved its A$1.6 billion ($1.4 billion)
takeover of ABB Grain Ltd ABB.AX. [ID:nBNG376344]
 INMET MINING CORP IMN.TO
 Inmet Mining Corp denied media reports on Wednesday that it
has agreed to sell a stake to South Korea's state-run Korea
Resources Corp, but said the two sides have been in talks.
[ID:nSEO206423]
 OIL STEADY
 Crude oil prices climbed back above $72 a barrel on
Thursday, further supporting gold, which is often bought as a
hedge against oil-led inflation. [O/R]
 GOLD, BASE METALS
 Gold prices slipped below $990 an ounce in Europe on
Thursday, giving up earlier gains, as the dollar index .DXY
turned higher, denting interest in the precious metal as an
alternative asset. [GOL/]
 Copper drifted lower on Thursday, as persistent rises in
inventories reflected poor demand, while lead prices tumbled
more than 7 percent on expectations of a surplus in the market
despite shutdowns. [MET/L]
 CANADA POLITICS
 The third straight opinion poll to be released this week
shows Canada's ruling Conservatives maintaining a slim lead
over the main opposition Liberals as the chances of an early
election appear increasingly likely. [ID:nN09355199]
 CANADA RESEARCH
 Raymond James downgraded Progress Energy Resources Corp
(PRQ.TO: Quote) to "market perform" from "outperform," primarily due
to the recent rally in the oil and gas company's shares after
it reported second-quarter results. [ID:nBNG379642]
 Wellington West raises Viterra Inc VT.TO raises price
target to C$13.50 from C$13.00; rating buy.
 Versant cuts WestJet Airlines (WJA.TO: Quote) price target to C$14
from C$15; rating buy.
 For more research, please see: [CA-RCH]
 ($1=$1.09 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Jennifer Kwan; Editing by Andrew Hay)