CANADA STOCKS-TSX could open up as metals rise

Thu Dec 24, 2009 8:29am EST
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 TORONTO, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
could open higher on Thursday, as rising metal and gold prices
prop up the resource-heavy market in an abbreviated session.
 The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE could follow global
markets, which extended gains to their highest levels in almost
three weeks. U.S. stock index futures also pointed to a
stronger open. [MKTS/GLOB] [.N]
 Toronto's main stock index gained for the third straight
session Wednesday, as a falling U.S. dollar boosted commodity
prices and sent shares of mining and energy companies
 Here is some news that could affect the market:
 Gold prices rallied more than 1.5 percent to above $1,100
an ounce Thursday as the dollar lost ground and on the back of
robust investment flows betting on higher bullion prices.
 Copper rose near 15-month highs Thursday, underpinned by
the dollar's first decline in five sessions, supply concerns
and expectations of increased demand. [ID:nLDE5BN08Y]
  Oil fell 0.2 percent to $76.52 a barrel in relatively
light trade after briefly touching a three-week high on equity
gains and falls in inventories in key consumer markets. [O/R]
 Toromont Industries Ltd TIH.TO said Wednesday it has
received a "no action" letter from the competition bureau
regarding an offer for Enerflex Systems Income Fund EFX_u.TO
and said the commissioner has also waived the applicable
waiting period under the Competition Act. [ID:nWNBB4242]
 * Raymond James raises Savanna Energy Services Corp
SVY.TO target price by C$0.50 to C$7; rated market perform
 * Macquarie raises Canplats Resources Corp CPQ.V price
target to C$4.90 from C$3.60; rated neutral.
 ($1=$1.05 Canadian)
  (Reporting by Irene Kuan; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)