CANADA STOCKS-TSX may rise on commodity boost, eyes on Fed

Fri Aug 21, 2009 8:17am EDT
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 TORONTO, Aug 21 (Reuters) - A firm tone to key commodity
prices may lift Toronto's main stock index, while rising equity
markets overseas also were seen lending support.
 Chinese shares, which have become a yardstick of risk
appetite in recent sessions, rose, and the sentiment spilled
over into Europe, which gained an additional boost from a
strong improvement in a euro zone manufacturing and services
 Influential events on Friday could come from a speech by
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, as well as data on
U.S. existing home sales. Both are due at 10 a.m. (1400 GMT).
 The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE closed Thursday's
session up 0.13 percent at 10,700.51 points.
 Here is some of the news that may affect the market.
 While gold firmed to hold near $945 per ounce in Europe in
league with a stronger euro, it was still hemmed into narrow
ranges. It has mostly traded below $950 this week and so far
this month it has shed some 1 percent. [ID:nLL411088]
 Oil touched a high for this year above $73 a barrel.
 Canada's East Coast oil producers were monitoring Hurricane
Bill's forecast path, which is expected to take it over Nova
Scotia and Newfoundland on Sunday and Monday. Bill, a Category
3 storm, became less organized on Friday, but could strengthen.
 * See also: Exxon evacuating Sable staff ahead of Bill
 The United States approved Enbridge Inc's ENB.TO $3.3
billion Alberta Clipper pipeline project on Thursday, granting
the project, which will deliver Canadian oil to U.S.
refineries, a presidential permit, and raising the ire of some
environmental groups. [ID:nN20530591]
 U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke is among scheduled
speakers at this weekend's gathering of policymakers from
around the world in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Bernanke's speech
will be monitored for fresh insight into the economy and he is
expected to talk about the lessons learned from the financial
crisis and efforts to aid the economic recovery.
 * See also: Fed retreat draws elite, but glamour is on
holiday [ID:nN20442339]
 General Motors [GM.UL] is moving closer to picking
Germany's favoured buyer, Magna International MGa.TO and its
Russian partners, for its Opel business when GM's board meets
on Friday, sources close to the matter said. [ID:nLL484019]
 * SCENARIOS: The hands GM board could deal in Opel poker
[ID:nLI202269 ]
 Business software maker Open Text OTC.TO OTEX.O posted
a dip in quarterly profit, even as revenue edged higher, and
said its integration of web media firm Vignette was progressing
as planned.
 See also:
 * Versant, RBC, Raymond James, Haywood raise price target
on Open Text [RCH/CA]
 Following is a summary of research actions on Canadian
companies reported by Reuters on Friday. For more, please
double click [RCH/CA]
 * Raymond James, Canaccord raise price target on Chariot
Resources CHD.TO; Canaccord also cuts Chariot to hold from
 (Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; Editing by Theodore d'Afflisio)