TSX futures rise on strong gold prices; BoC rate decision awaited

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Dec 8 (Reuters) - Futures for Canada's main stock index rose on Wednesday as gold prices jumped to one-week high, while investors awaited Bank of Canada's interest rate decision due later in the day.

December futures on the S&P/TSX index were up 0.1% at 7:00 a.m. ET.

Gold prices surged as the dollar and U.S. Treasury yields slipped, with the bullion's safe-haven appeal also buoyed by tensions surrounding Ukraine.

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Monetary policy decision from the Bank of Canada is due at 10:00 a.m. ET and the central bank is expected to hold its key overnight interest rate at 0.25%.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index (.GSPTSE) ended 1.45% higher at 21,162.65 on Tuesday, its highest closing level since Nov. 25.

Dow e-minis were up 118 points, or 0.33% at 7:00 a.m. ET, while S&P 500 e-minis were up 16 points, or 0.34% and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were up 58.5 points, or 0.36%.

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COMMODITIES AT 7:00 a.m. ET

Gold futures : $1788; +0.4%

US crude : $72.33; +0.4%

Brent crude : $75.82; +0.5%

U.S. ECONOMIC DATA DUE ON WEDNESDAY

1000 JOLTS job openings for Oct: Expected 10.369 mln; Prior 10.438 mln

1100 Refinitiv Ipsos Pcsi for Dec: Prior 53.61

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Reporting by Amal S in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur

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