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June 6 (Reuters) - Canadian stocks looked set to open higher on Friday after U.S. and Canadian jobs data, with June futures on the S&P TSX index <0#SXF:> up 0.23 percent at 0845 ET.
The Canadian economy created a net 25,800 jobs in May - all of them part-time - but shed about 30,000 full-time positions for the second month in a row.
The labor productivity of Canadian businesses unexpectedly dropped by 0.1 percent in the first quarter of 2014, the first decline for 18 months, other data showed.
U.S. employers, meanwhile, maintained a solid pace of hiring during the month, returning employment to its pre-recession level.
The TSX index was little changed on Thursday as a drop in energy and bank shares offset a jump in the gold-mining sector. Gold prices rose after the European Central Bank cut rates to record lows
Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were up 0.30 percent at 0845 ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 0.21 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were up 0.23 percent.
Canada is set to buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets, sources familiar with the process said, marking a major renewal of Canada’s fighter fleet and helping contain costs of the expensive defense program.
Timmins Gold Corp said it had set up a special committee of independent directors to help respond to a proxy fight launched by a major shareholder to take control of the gold miner’s board.
Canada is enjoying an unexpected boom in production of ultra-light crude known as condensate, defying long-held predictions of dwindling supply.
COMMODITIES AT 0845 ET
Gold futures : $1,255.6; +0.21 pct
U.S. crude : $102.83; +0.34 pct
Brent crude : $108.97; +0.17 pct
LME 3-month copper : $6,674.00; -1.56 pct
ANALYST RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS
Air Canada : National Bank Financial raises rating to outperform from sector perform
Cameco Corp : Canaccord Genuity raises rating to hold from sell
Saputo : CIBC, National Bank Financial raise price target on the stock
Westjet Airlines : National Bank Financial ups to outperform from sector perform
U.S. ECONOMIC DATA DUE ON FRIDAY
0830 Non-farm payrolls for May: Actual +217,000, prior +288,000
0830 Private payrolls for May: Actual +216,000, prior +273,000
0830 Manufacturing payrolls for May: Actual +10,000, prior +12,000
0830 Government payrolls for May: Actual +1,000, prior +15,000
0830 Unemployment rate for May: Actual +6.3 pct, prior +6.3 pct
0830 Average earnings mm for May: Actual +0.2 pct, prior +0.0 pct
0830 Average workweek hours for May: Actual +34.5 hrs, prior +34.5 hrs
1030 ECRI weekly index: Prior +135.4
1030 ECRI weekly annualized: Prior +5.3 pct
1500 Consumer credit for Apr: Expected +15.50 bln, prior +17.53 bln
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