November 30, 2015 / 12:28 PM / 2 years ago

CANADA STOCKS-Futures point to higher start as oil prices rise

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Nov 30 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index looked set to open higher on Monday as oil prices recovered ahead of a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on Friday.

Although the producer group is not expected to change its output policy, oil traders strengthened their positions to prepare for any unexpected outcomes.

December futures on the S&P TSX index were up 0.34 percent at 7:10 a.m. ET.

Current account data for the third quarter is due at 8:30 a.m. ET

Canada's main stock index closed lower on Friday, hurt by weakness in resource shares after a plunge in China equities weighed on commodity prices.

Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were up 0.08 percent at 7:10 a.m. ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 0.05 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were up 0.20 percent.

(Morning News Call newsletter link.reuters.com/nex49s; The Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s)

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COMMODITIES AT 7:10 a.m. ET

Gold futures : $1,055.60; -0.05 pct

US crude : $42.09; +0.94 pct

Brent crude : $45.39; +1.16 pct

LME 3-month copper : $5,594.50; +0.42 pct

Analyst Research Highlights

Canadian Western Bank : National Bank Financial raises target to C$26 from C$25

Empire Co : National Bank Financial cuts target price to C$31 from C$32.67

Merus Labs : CIBC starts with sector outperformer rating; price target of C$2.90

u.s. Economic Data Due on Monday

0945 Chicago PMI for Nov: Expected +54; Prior +56.2

1000 Pending Homes Index for Oct: Prior +106.8

1000 Pending sales change mm for Oct: Expected +1.5 pct; Prior -2.3 pct

1030 Dallas Fed Manufacturing Business Index for Nov: Prior -12.7

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TSX market report

Canadian dollar and bonds report

Reuters global stocks poll for Canada

Canadian markets directory ($1= C$1.34) (Reporting by Ayesha Sruti Ahmed in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)

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