Jan 17 Canada's main stock index looked set to
open higher on Thursday, as encouraging corporate earnings from
major Wall Street companies buoyed investor sentiment.
* UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer,
said that fourth-quarter profit rose from a year earlier,
exceeding the outlook it gave in November, and also backed its
previous forecast for earnings and revenue in 2013.
* Rio Tinto sacked chief executive Tom Albanese and revealed
a $14 billion writedown in connection with his two most
significant acquisitions, the Alcan aluminium group and
* Sun Life Financial Inc and Malaysian state
investor Khazanah will buy 98 percent of Aviva Plc's Malaysian
insurance joint venture with lender CIMB for C$586 million.
* Improved investor sentiment toward struggling southern
European economies helped Spain cut debt costs at an auction,
allowing it to reach nearly 9 percent of the year's longer term
* Airlines scrambled to rearrange flights as Europe, Japan,
Qatar and India joined the United States in grounding Boeing
Co's 787 Dreamliner passenger jets while battery-related
problems are investigated.
* Canada stock futures traded up 0.14 percent
* U.S. stock futures , , were up
around 0.06 percent and 0.21 percent
* European shares, were up
COMMODITY PRICE MOVES
* Thomson Reuters-Jefferies CRB Index : 299.553;
rose 0.3 percent
* Gold futures : $1,679.8; fell 0.17 percent
* US crude : $94.76; rose 0.55 percent
* Brent crude : $110.14; rose 0.42 percent
* LME 3-month copper : $7,959.75; rose 0.22 percent
CANADIAN STOCKS TO WATCH
* Bank of Nova Scotia : ING Direct Canada will cease
selling mortgages through brokers next month due to overlap with
the larger broker-sourced mortgage business of its parent
company, a bank spokesman said on Wednesday.
* Barrick Gold Corp. : Tanzania-focused gold company
African Barrick Gold posted a 9 percent drop in annual
production despite a pick-up in mining in the fourth-quarter.
Following is a summary of research actions on Canadian
companies reported by Reuters.
* CML HealthCare Inc. : RBC cuts price target to
C$7.25 from C$7.50 on valuation, says the shares had a run
recently and the divestment announcement and dividend cut was in
line with expectations.
* Denison Mines Corp. : RBC raises price target to
C$2.25 from C$2 after the company said it has entered into a
friendly deal with Fission Energy whereby Denison will acquire
Fission and spin out certain assets and cash into NewCo.
ON THE CALENDAR
* Major Canadian economic data includes Canadian and foreign
* Major U.S. events and data includes jobless claims, housing
starts and Philadelphia Federal Reserve business activity survey