July 31, 2018 / 11:33 AM / in 3 months

CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures rise ahead of GDP data

July 31 (Reuters) - Stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Canada’s main stock index on Tuesday ahead of the release of the country’s growth data for May that is likely to show economy grew at a higher pace compared to April.

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

Gross domestic product data for May is due at 8:30 a.m. ET

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX fell 48.48 points, or 0.30 percent, to 16,345.47.

Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were up 0.12 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 0.24 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were up 0.26 percent.

TOP STORIES

Canada’s WestJet Airlines Ltd reported a smaller-than-expected loss on Tuesday as it flew more fuller planes and improved a key revenue metric, offsetting a steep rise in aviation fuel prices.

The Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project cleared a hurdle on Monday as the Trump administration said in a draft environmental assessment that an alternative route through Nebraska would not do major harm to water and wildlife.

Canadian base metal miner First Quantum Minerals Ltd said on Monday it had extended its hedging program for copper sales, as trade war worries push prices lower despite “excess demand” for its production.

ANALYST RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Capital Power Corp: CIBC raises price target to C$29 from C$28

Lundin Mining Corp: CIBC raises rating to “outperformer” from “neutral”

Thomson Reuters Corp: Berenberg raises price target to C$45 from C$42

COMMODITIES AT 7:15 a.m. ET

Gold futures: $1,217.1; -0.34 pct

U.S. crude: $69.75; -0.54 pct

Brent crude: $74.82; -0.2 pct

LME 3-month copper: $6,234; -0.26 pct

U.S. ECONOMIC DATA DUE ON TUESDAY

0830 Personal consumption real mm for Jun: Prior 0.0 pct

0830 Personal Income mm for Jun: Expected 0.4 pct; Prior 0.4 pct

0830 Consumption, adjusted mm for Jun: Expected 0.4 pct; Prior 0.2 pct

0830 Core PCE price index mm for Jun: Expected 0.1 pct; Prior 0.2 pct

0830 Core PCE price index yy for Jun: Expected 2.0 pct; Prior 2.0 pct

0830 PCE price index mm for Jun: Prior 0.2 pct

0830 PCE price index yy for Jun: Prior 2.3 pct

0830 Employment wages qq for Q2: Prior 0.9 pct

0830 Employment benefits qq for Q2: Prior 0.7 pct

0830 Employment costs for Q2: Expected 0.7 pct; Prior 0.8 pct

0900 CaseShiller 20 mm SA for May: Expected 0.2 pct; Prior 0.2 pct

0900 CaseShiller 20 mm NSA for May: Prior 0.8 pct

0900 CaseShiller 20 yy for May: Expected 6.5 pct; Prior 6.6 pct

0945 Chicago PMI for Jul: Expected 62.3; Prior 64.1

1000 Consumer Confidence for Jul: Expected 126; Prior 126.4

1030 Texas service sector outlook for Jul: Prior 22.4

1030 Dallas fed services revenues for Jul: Prior 19

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Canadian markets directory ($1= C$1.30) (Reporting by Nandi Kaul in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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