CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open lower on weaker commodity prices

May 25 (BestGrowthStock) – Toronto’s main stock index is expected
to open lower on Tuesday as commodity prices were hammered by
worries over Europe’s banking sector and North Korea’s
threatened military action against the South.

Nervousness in the market was exacerbated by heightened
geopolitical tensions in Asia after North Korean leader Kim
Jong-il ordered his military to be on a combat footing.

Money markets have seen an increasing reluctance to lend,
particularly for longer term, raising fears that dollar-funding
strains could further hobble troubled banks. [MMT/]

U.S. stock index futures were steeply down ahead of data on
home prices and consumer confidence. [.N]

European markets fell sharply to their lowest in nearly
nine months, led by banking and commodity shares, while German
bonds hit a record high on worries about the fate of euro zone
banks and the impact of austerity measures on economic growth.

Asia stocks fell to multi-month lows, with the Nikkei
shedding more than 3 percent.

Here is some news that could affect stock prices:

OIL FALLS

Oil fell below $68 a barrel on Tuesday as investors fled
from riskier assets to dollar safety on growing concerns that
the European debt crisis could worsen and damage the still
fragile global economic recovery. [O/R]

COPPER DIPS

Industrial metals slid on Tuesday, with copper falling more
nearly 3 percent on the back of a stronger dollar and worries
the euro zone debt crisis could derail the region’s
already-fragile economic recovery. [MET/L]

PLATINUM, PALLADIUM FALL

Platinum and palladium fell in Europe on Tuesday, resuming
last week’s downward slide, as investors were spooked by a
further drop in the euro and equity markets, and as industrial
end-users held out for lower prices. [GOL/]

LEGAL SETBACK FOR FIRST QUANTUM

First Quantum Minerals (FM.TO: ) has suffered a new legal
setback to its Congo business with a court ruling to annul its
rights to two copper mines in the south of the country. Alexis
Mikandji, chief of staff in the Ministry of Mines, said on
Saturday that according to the notification, First Quantum
should have obtained a decree and not a letter for its two
mines. [ID:nLDE64L0CZ]

IVANHOE MINES FUNDING MOVE

Ivanhoe Mines (IVN.TO: ) signed a preliminary agreement with
two international financial institutions to secure up to $1.8
billion in financing for the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in
southern Mongolia, the company said on Friday. [ID:nN21167161]

HYDROGENICS OFFERS SHARES

Fuel-cell maker Hydrogenics Corp (HYG.TO: ) said on Friday it
will offer about 4.8 percent of its equity to two investors to
settle a lawsuit accusing the company of negligent
misrepresentation and fraud. [ID:nSGE64K0KH]

RESEARCH ROUNDUP

Following is a summary of research actions on Canadian
companies reported by Reuters. [RCH/CA]

Note: All values in RESEARCH ROUNDUP in Canadian currency,
unless otherwise stated.

* Agrium Inc (AGU.TO: ) price target raised to $83 from $80;
rating buy at UBS

* Eastern Platinum Ltd (ELR.TO: ) price target cut to $1.60
from $1.80; rating outperform at Raymond James

* First Uranium Corp (FIU.TO: ) price target cut to $2 from
$2.40; keeps outperform rating at Raymond James

* MAG Silver Corp (MAG.TO: ) price target raised to $9.60
from $9.50; rating outperform at Raymond James

* Platinum Group Metals Ltd (PTM.TO: ) rating raised to
outperform from market perform at Raymond James

* Potash Corp (POT.TO: ) price target cut to $113 from $116;
keeps neutral rating at UBS

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($1=1.07 Canadian)
(Reporting by Bangalore newsroom, editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)

CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open lower on weaker commodity prices