December 23, 2016 / 1:13 PM / a year ago

Canadian stock futures little changed ahead of Christmas holidays

(Reuters) - Canadian stock futures were little changed on Friday as investors gear up for Christmas holidays.

A TMX Group sign, the company that runs the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), is seen in Toronto, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch/File Photo

Gross domestic product growth likely stalled in October, data is expected to show. The report is due at 8:30 a.m. ET. ECONCA

March futures on the S&P TSX index SXFc1 were down 0.03 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET.

Canada’s benchmark stock index climbed for the sixth straight session on Thursday, led by energy and telecom shares, after the nation’s telecom regulator ruled that broadband internet access will be considered a basic service.

Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures 1YMc1 were down 0.04 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures ESc1 were down 0.03 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures NQc1 were down 0.09 percent. [.N]

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ANALYST RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS [RCH/CA]

Oceanagold Corp (OGC.TO): Raymond James raises rating to “strong buy” from “outperform”

Sun Life Financial Inc (SLF.TO): Dundee cuts rating to “neutral” from “buy”

Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO): Dundee raises target price to C$93 from C$87

COMMODITIES AT 7:15 a.m. ET [COM/WRAP]

Gold futures GCc2: $1,131.5; +0.21 pct [GOL/]

US crude CLc1: $52.33; -1.15 pct [O/R]

Brent crude LCOc1: $54.30; -1.34 pct [O/R]

LME 3-month copper CMCU3: $5,508.00; -0.18 pct [MET/L]

U.S. ECONOMIC DATA DUE ON FRIDAY

1000 U Mich Sentiment Final for Dec: Expected 98.0; Prior 98.0

1000 U Mich Conditions Final for Dec: Expected 112.0; Prior 112.1

1000 U Mich Expectations Final for Dec: Expected 89.0; Prior 88.9

1000 U Mich 1 year inflation final for Dec: Prior +2.3 pct

1000 U Mich 5 year inflation final for Dec: Prior +2.5 pct

1000 New home sales-units for Nov: Expected 0.575 mln; Prior 0.563 mln

1000 New home sales change mm for Nov: Expected +2.1 pct; Prior -1.9 pct

1030 ECRI Weekly Index: Prior 143.4

1030 ECRI weekly annualized: Prior +11.0 pct

FOR CANADIAN MARKETS NEWS, CLICK ON CODES:

TSX market report [.TO]

Canadian dollar and bonds report [CAD/] [CA/]

Reuters global stocks poll for Canada EQUITYPOLL1 <EPOLL/CA>

Canadian markets directory CANADA

($1= C$1.35)

Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva

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