CANADA STOCKS-Futures point to higher open as ECB easing talk mounts

Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:28am EST
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Nov 26 (Reuters) - Stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Canada's main share index on Thursday, helped by growing expectations of aggressive European Central Bank action next week.

December futures on the S&P TSX index were up 0.28 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET.

No major data was scheduled for release.

Canada's main stock index closed slightly lower on Wednesday after a seesaw session in which weakness in energy and financials offset gains for consumer and railway stocks, with energy stocks retreating despite a higher close for crude oil.

Meanwhile, Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures were up 0.35 percent at 7:15 a.m. EST (1215 GMT), while S&P 500 e-mini futures added 0.43 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures rose 0.51 percent.

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An Australian regulator on Thursday knocked back an attempt by Canadian infrastructure group Brookfield Asset Management Inc to overcome competition concerns holding up its A$9 billion ($6.53 billion) bid for port and rail firm Asciano Ltd .

COMMODITIES AT 7:15 a.m. EST   Continued...