Dec 26 (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index futures inched up on Thursday, supported by oil prices after a report showed U.S. crude inventories fell last week.
The American Petroleum Institute, an oil industry group, said late on Tuesday that U.S. crude stocks fell by 7.9 million barrels last week, much more than the decline forecast by analysts.
March futures on the S&P/TSX index were up 0.06% at 7:00 a.m. ET (1200 GMT).
The Toronto Stock Exchange’s TSX index ended 0.30% higher at 17,180.15 on Tuesday.
Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were up 0.13% at 7:00 a.m. ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 0.16% and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were up 0.12%.
COMMODITIES AT 7:00 a.m. ET
Gold futures: $1,505.1; +0.3%
US crude: $61.28; +0.28%
Brent crude: $67.45; +0.37%
U.S. ECONOMIC DATA DUE ON THURSDAY
0830 Initial jobless claims: Expected 224,000; Prior 234,000
0830 Jobless claims 4-week average: Prior 225,500
0830 Continued jobless claims: Prior 1.722 mln
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