April 10, 2018 / 11:27 AM / in 3 months

CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures rise as trade dispute fears ease

April 10 (Reuters) - Futures pointed to a higher opening for Canada’s main stock index on Tuesday as Chinese President Xi Jinping’s promise to lower import tariffs eased concerns about a Sino-U.S. trade war.

Xi said China will sharply widen market access for foreign investors, a chief complaint of the country’s trading partners and a point of contention for U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, which has threatened billions of dollars in tariffs on Chinese goods.

June futures on the S&P TSX index were up 0.63 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET.

Building permits data is due at 08:30 a.m. ET.

Canada’s main stock index rose on Monday as gains for financials offset a steep decline in the shares of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd after the company halted most work on a disputed pipeline expansion.

Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were up 1.13 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 1.1 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were up 1.47 percent.

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TOP STORIES

The Canadian government on Monday said it was considering all its options on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, including a possible investment of public funds to ensure construction goes ahead, after Kinder Morgan Canada halted most work on the project and set a May 31 deadline to scrap the plan.

ANALYST RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Cogeco Communications Inc (CCA.TO). RBC cuts target price to C$86 from C$89.

Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd (KML.TO). CIBC cuts rating to neutral from outperformer.

COMMODITIES AT 7:15 a.m. ET

Gold futures: $1334.3; -0.15 percent

US crude: $64.22; +1.26 percent

Brent crude: $69.51; +1.25 percent

LME 3-month copper: $6889.5; +0.87 percent

U.S. ECONOMIC DATA DUE ON TUESDAY

0830 PPI final demand yy for Mar: Expected 2.9 pct; Prior 2.8 pct

0830 PPI final demand mm for Mar: Expected 0.1 pct; Prior 0.2 pct

0830 PPI ex food/energy yy for Mar: Expected 2.6 pct; Prior 2.5 pct

0830 PPI ex food/energy mm for Mar: Expected 0.2 pct; Prior 0.2 pct

0830 PPI ex food/energy/transport yy for Mar: Prior 2.7 pct

0830 PPI ex food/energy/transport mm for Mar: Prior 0.4 pct

1000 Wholesale inventory(y), R mm for Feb: Expected 0.9 pct; Prior 1.1 pct

1000 Wholesale sales mm for Feb: Expected 0.4 pct; Prior -1.1 pct

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$1=C$1.27 Reporting by Shradha Singh in Bengaluru Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty

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