CANADA STOCKS-TSX set to open higher as traders return

Tue May 20, 2014 7:17am EDT

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May 20 (Reuters) - Canadian stocks looked set to open higher on Tuesday as markets return from an extended weekend.

June futures on the S&P TSX index <0#SXF:> were up 0.13 percent at 0715 ET.

Wholesale trade data is due for release at 0830 ET.

The index slipped on Friday to its lowest in about 2-1/2 weeks as sluggish commodity prices weighed on shares of materials companies in below-average trading volume ahead of the long weekend.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up 0.02 percent at 0715 ET, while S&P 500 futures were down 0.01 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.09 percent.

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COMMODITIES AT 0715 ET

Gold futures : $1,290.1; -0.28 pct

US crude : $102.81; +0.19 pct

Brent crude : $109.47; +0.09 pct

LME 3-month copper : $6,905.00; -0.29 pct

ANALYST RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Grenville Strategic Royalty Corp : National Bank Financial starts rating with outperform

Lumenpulse Inc : National Bank Financial starts rating with outperform

Onex Corp : CIBC cuts to sector performer; Canaccord Genuity raises price target

U.S. ECONOMIC DATA DUE ON TUESDAY

0855 Redbook mm: Prior +1.1 pct

0855 Redbook yy: Prior +4.2 pct

FOR CANADIAN MARKETS NEWS, CLICK ON CODES:

TSX market report

Canadian dollar and bonds report

Reuters global stocks poll for Canada

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($1= $1.09 Canadian) (Reporting by Mononshila Deka in Bangalore)

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