June 11 Canadian stocks looked set to open lower on Wednesday as investors avoided placing fresh bets in the absence of any broad market catalyst.
June futures on the S&P TSX index <0#SXF:> were down 0.16 percent at 0715 ET.
The TSX index climbed slightly to hit its highest in nearly six years on Tuesday, buoyed by a jump in gold-mining shares after the price of bullion gained.
There is no release of economic data scheduled for Wednesday.
Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were down 0.35 percent at 0715 ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were down 0.44 percent. Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were down 0.39 percent.
The battle for Allergan Inc heated up on Tuesday as the company officially rejected a sweetened $53 billion takeover offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and activist investor William Ackman.
Bombardier Inc said on Tuesday that it had resumed ground engine testing of its all-new CSeries jetliner after an engine failure last week.
Canada is "disappointed" that TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline to the United States has not yet received approval from the White House, Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver said on Tuesday. Separately, TransCanada said it expected to file an application for its C$12 billion Energy East pipeline with energy regulators in mid-August.
COMMODITIES AT 0715 ET
Gold futures : $1,262.2; +0.19 pct
US crude : $104.59; +0.23 pct
Brent crude : $110.04; +0.47 pct
LME 3-month copper : $6,671.25; -0.06 pct
ANALYST RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS
Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners : National Bank Financial resumes coverage with sector perform
DHX Media Ltd : National Bank Financial raises price target to C$7.25 from C$6.50
Empire Co Ltd : National Bank Financial cuts price target to C$73 from C$75
U.S. ECONOMIC DATA DUE ON WEDNESDAY
1400 Federal budget for May: Expected -$131.0 bln, prior +$106.9 bln
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Canadian markets directory ($1= $1.09 Canadian) (Reporting by Mononshila Deka in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey)