CANADA STOCKS-Futures point to higher open after Thursday decline

Fri Jan 3, 2014 8:24am EST
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Jan 3 (Reuters) - Canadian stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Friday following weakness on Thursday and a turbulent overnight session in Asia.


* Growth in China's services sector fell to a four-month low in December as business expectations dropped, a government survey showed, adding to evidence that the world's second-largest economy lost steam into the close of 2013.

* Britain's construction industry enjoyed its second-fastest month of growth in more than six years in December, helped by the biggest increase in commercial projects since 2007, purchasing managers' data showed.

* Cybersecurity company FireEye Inc has acquired Mandiant Corp, the computer forensics specialist best known for unveiling a secretive Chinese military unit believed to be behind a series of hacking attacks on U.S. companies.

* Singapore's Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp has begun exclusive talks to buy Hong Kong's Wing Hang Bank in a deal that would value the family-run lender at about $5.3 billion, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.


* Canada stock futures traded up 0.21 percent   Continued...