CANADA STOCKS-TSX seen opening flat to slightly lower ahead of Fed meeting
March 18 (Reuters) - Stock futures pointed to a flat-to-lower opening for Canada's main stock index on Tuesday as investors remained on edge about the East-West standoff over Crimea and awaited results from the U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting starting later in the day.
June futures on the S&P TSX index were down 0.05 percent at 0715 ET.
Monthly manufacturing sales data is due at 0830 ET
The S&P TSX index closed little changed on Monday as a peaceful conclusion of the referendum in Crimea drove gains in some sectors, but the perceived easing of tension in the region weighed on the bullion price and sent gold-mining shares lower.
Dow Jones industrial average futures were flat, S&P 500 futures were down 0.18 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.12 percent at 0715 ET.
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Air Canada has suspended flights to Caracas until further notice citing the ongoing civil unrest in Venezuela.
Ivanhoe Energy Inc suspended work on its 20,000 barrel-per-day Tamarack oil sands project while it awaits updated Alberta regulations on thermal oil sands applications.
The Bank of Canada is redefining the role of its No. 2 policymaker, introducing changes that may attract a broader range of candidates to fill the job when the current second-in-command, Tiff Macklem, steps down later this year.
U.S. farm co-operative CHS Inc said would buy 16 Canadian farm retail outlets from Agrium Inc , and plans to further expand its business in Canada.
COMMODITIES AT 0715 ET
Gold futures : $1,361.8; -0.81 pct
US crude : $98.16; 0.08 pct
Brent crude : $106.47; 0.22 pct
LME 3-month copper : $6487; 0.11 pct
ANALYST RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS
Ensign Energy Services : Barclays, RBC cut target price on the stock
Roxgold Inc : Canaccord Genuity starts with speculative buy rating
SilverCrest Mines : National Bank Financial starts with outperform
U.S. ECONOMIC DATA DUE ON TUESDAY
08:30 CPI mm sa for Feb: Expected 0.1 pct Prior 0.1 pct
08:30 CPI yy nsa for Feb: Expected 1.2 pct Prior 1.6 pct
08:30 Core CPI mm sa for Feb: Expected 0.1 pct Prior 0.1 pct
08:30 Core CPI yy nsa for Feb: Expected 1.6 pct Prior 1.6 pct
08:30 CPI index NSA for Feb: Expected 234.73 Prior 233.92
08:30 Core CPI index sa for Feb: Prior 235.84
08:30 Real weekly earnings mm for Feb: Expected -0.1 pct Prior 0.1 pct
08:30 Housing starts number mm for Feb: Expected 0.910 mln Prior 0.880 mln
08:30 Building permits number for Feb: Expected 0.960 mln Prior 0.945 mln
09:00 Net L-T flows, exswaps for Jan: Prior -45.9 bln
09:00 Net L-T flows, incl swaps for Jan: Prior -51.0 bln
09:00 Foreign buying, T-bonds for Jan: Prior 17.9 bln
09:00 Overall net capital flow for Jan: Prior -119.6 bln
11:30 Cleveland Fed CPI: Prior 0.2 pct
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