CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open lower as investors await Fed decision

Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:31am EST

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Jan 29 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index on Wednesday pointed to a lower open with investors cautiously awaiting the possibility of a further taper of the U.S. central bank's bond-buying program.

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* Canada stock futures traded down 0.13 percent

* U.S. stock futures , , were down around 0.23 to 0.25 percent

* European shares, were down COMMODITY PRICE MOVES

* Thomson Reuters-Jefferies CRB Index : 283.0407; rose 0.09 percent

* Gold futures : $1251; was unchanged 0 percent

* US crude : $97.3; fell 0.11 percent

* Brent crude : $107.69; rose 0.26 percent

* LME 3-month copper : $7155.25; rose 0.21 percent ANALYSTS' RECOMMENDATIONS

Following is a summary of research actions on Canadian companies reported by Reuters.

* Bell Aliant Inc : Canaccord Genuity cuts target price to C$26 from C$27 on reduced EBITDA forecasts due to pricing pressures

* First Quantum Minerals Ltd : Nomura cuts target price to C$19 from C$20, attributable to the company's Cobre Panama project review coming in worse than expected with higher capex and a two-year delay

* Metro Inc : CIBC raises price target to C$70 from C$69, says the company's first-quarter results were better than expected, sees it increasing prices to drive sales ON THE CALENDAR

* No major Canadian economic events scheduled in the day

* Major U.S. events and data includes FOMC

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