CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open lower as Ukraine referendum looms

Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:22am EDT
 
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March 14 (Reuters) - Canadian stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Friday on heightened tensions ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea.

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