July 18 (Reuters) - Futures pointed to a higher opening for Canada’s main stock index on Thursday, as oil prices gained after Iran said it had seized a foreign tanker smuggling fuel in the Gulf.
September futures on the S&P/TSX index edged up 0.05% at 7:00 a.m. ET.
The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX fell 18.21 points, or 0.11%, to 16,484.21 on Wednesday.
Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were down 0.05% at 7:00 a.m. ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were down 0.04% and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were down 0.16%.
Canadian pot producer Aurora Cannabis Inc said it had secured a two-year contract to supply medical cannabis to the Italian government.
ANALYST RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS
Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd: Credit Suisse raises rating to neutral from underperform
Trican Well Service Ltd: CIBC cuts rating to neutral from outperformer
Vermilion Energy Inc: RBC cuts rating to sector perform from outperform
COMMODITIES AT 7:00 a.m. ET
Gold futures: $1,419.9; -0.24%
US crude: $57.19; +0.72%
Brent crude: $64.22; +0.88%
U.S. ECONOMIC DATA DUE ON THURSDAY
0830 Initial jobless claims: Expected 216,000; Prior 209,000
0830 Jobless claims 4-week average: Prior 219,250
0830 Continued jobless claims: Expected 1.7 mln; Prior 1.723 mln
0830 Philly Fed Business Index for July: Expected 5.0; Prior 0.3
0830 Philly Fed 6M Index for July: Prior 21.40
0830 Philly Fed Capex Index for July: Prior 28.00
0830 Philly Fed Employment for July: Prior 15.40
0830 Philly Fed Prices Paid for July: Prior 12.90
0830 Philly Fed New Orders for July: Prior 8.30
1000 Leading index change mm for June: Expected 0.1%; Prior 0.0%
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$1= C$1.31 Reporting by Nachiket Tekawade in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel
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