UPDATE 1-CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open higher, inflation highest since April 2012

Fri May 23, 2014 8:49am EDT

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(Updates Canadian economic data)

May 23 (Reuters) - Canadian stocks looked set to extend previous sessions' gains on Friday with June futures on the S&P TSX index <0#SXF:> up 0.07 percent at 0845 ET.

Annual inflation rate rose to the central bank's 2 percent target in April for the first time in two years, the result of costlier energy and of eliminating a price decline in April 2013 from the calculations, according to Statistics Canada data.

The index advanced for a third straight session on Thursday as shares of Royal Bank of Canada and Toronto Dominion Bank climbed after both companies reported results.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up 0.07 percent at 0845 ET, while S&P 500 futures were up 0.06 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.14 percent. (Morning News Call newsletter link.reuters.com/nex49s; The Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s)

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Augusta Resource Corp, the target of a hostile takeover bid by HudBay Minerals Inc, warned on Thursday of another delay in getting a permitting decision on whether it can develop its Rosemont copper project in Arizona.

COMMODITIES AT 0845 ET

Gold futures : $1,293.4; -0.12 pct

US crude : $104.04; +0.30 pct

Brent crude : $110.48; +0.10 pct

LME 3-month copper : $6,923.5; 0.69 pct

ANALYST RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

AutoCanada : Canaccord Genuity raises target price to C$82 from C$79; rating buy

Royal Bank of Canada : National Bank Financial, CIBC, Canaccord Genuity raise target price

TD Bank : Barclays, Canaccord Genuity, CIBC raise target price on the stock

U.S. ECONOMIC DATA DUE ON FRIDAY

1000 New home sales-units mm for April: Expected +0.425 mln prior +0.384 mln

1000 New home sales change mm for April: Prior -14.5 pct

1030 ECRI Weekly Index: Prior +136.4

1030 ECRI Weekly Annualised: Prior +4.9 pct

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($1= $1.09 Canadian) (Reporting by Mononshila Deka in Bangalore; Editing by Savio D'Souza)

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