Global Markets: EU referendum vote results expected on Friday

By Commodity News Service Canada

WINNIPEG, June 23 – The following is a glance at the news moving markets globally.

‘BREXIT’ POLLING UNDERWAY
A referendum vote, which will determine whether or not Britain stays in the European Union, has started, and the results will become available early Friday morning.

Advance polling indicates a tight race, with most recent surveys showing a narrow lead for ‘remain,’ according to reports out of the country on Thursday.

CANADA’S EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS DOWN SLIGHTLY
In April, 538,400 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, down slightly from the previous month (weakening 0.9 per cent), Statistics Canada said in a report on Thursday.

CANADA’S NATURAL GAS INVENTORIES UP
In April, opening inventories of natural gas stored in Canadian facilities totalled 737.2 million gigajoules. Closing inventories were 743.8 million gigajoules, a 0.9 per cent increase, Statistics Canada said in a report.

Natural gas stored in western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan combined) increased 4.5 per cent in April and closing inventories were 545.1 million gigajoules. Inventories in central Canada (Ontario and Quebec combined) decreased 7.8 per cent and closed at 198.7 million gigajoules.

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