CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open lower as oil prices slip
August 26 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index looked set to open flat to slightly lower on Monday after hitting a one-week high on Friday, with a slip in oil prices expected to weigh on energy stocks.
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* ING Groep edged closer to completing its year-and-a-half-old Asia divestment plan after private equity firm MBK Partners agreed to buy its South Korean insurance unit for total cash proceeds of 1.84 trillion won.
* Canada stock futures traded down 0.11 percent
* U.S. stock futures , , were down around 0.17 percent to 0.06 percent
* European shares, were down
COMMODITY PRICE MOVES
* Thomson Reuters-Jefferies CRB Index : 291.6223; rose 0.09 percent
* Gold futures : $1,394.2; fell 0.11 percent
* US crude : $106.14; fell 0.26 percent
* Brent crude : $110.55; fell 0.44 percent
* LME 3-month copper : $7,360; rose 0.55 percent
Following is a summary of research actions on Canadian companies reported by Reuters.
* Kinross Gold Corp : National Bank Financial raises target price to C$7.55 from C$7.25, says the company's balance sheet strength outweighs the inevitability of production declines
ON THE CALENDAR
* No major Canadian economic data scheduled for the day
* Major U.S. events and data includes durable goods
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