April 19, 2016 / 11:22 AM / a year ago

CANADA STOCKS-Futures up as oil prices rise

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April 19 (Reuters) - Canadian stock futures opened higher on Tuesday, helped by a 2 percent rise in oil prices partly due to a workers' strike in Kuwait.

June futures on the S&P TSX index were up 0.47 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET.

No major economic releases are scheduled for the day.

Canada's main stock index rose to a five-month high on Monday as energy stocks rallied after oil pared losses, while mining and financial sector stocks also advanced.

Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were up 1.4 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 1.8 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were up 0.7 percent.

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

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COMMODITIES AT 7:15 a.m. ET

Gold futures : $1,242; +0.68 pct

US crude : $40.34; +1.41 pct

Brent crude : $43.68; +1.75 pct

LME 3-month copper : $4,793.50; -0.69 pct

Analyst Research Highlights

Teck Resources Ltd : CLSA cuts to sell from underperform

Rogers Communications Inc : CIBC cuts target price to C$53 from C$54

u.s. Economic Data Due on Tuesday

0830 Building permits for Mar: Expected 1.200 mln; Prior 1.177 mln

0830 Build permits: change mm for Mar: Prior -2.2 pct

0830 Housing starts mm for Mar: Expected 1.170 mln; Prior 1.178 mln

0830 House starts mm: change for Mar: Prior 5.2 pct

0855 Redbook mm : Prior -2.8 pct

0855 Redbook yy: Prior 1.1 pct

For Canadian Markets News, Click on Codes:

TSX market report

Canadian dollar and bonds report

Reuters global stocks poll for Canada

Canadian markets directory

$1 = C$1.27 Reporting by Anjali James in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel

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