CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures rise ahead of U.S. healthcare vote

Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:42am EDT
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March 23 (Reuters) - Stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Canada's main stock index on Thursday ahead of a key vote in the U.S. Congress on a healthcare bill that is seen as a litmus test of President Donald Trump's ability to legislate.

Trump and U.S. House of Representatives leaders are pushing for votes for their plan to overhaul Obamacare, and said they were making progress in their efforts to win over conservative Republicans who have demanded changes to the legislation.

June futures on the S&P TSX index were up 0.19 percent at 7:10 a.m. ET.

No economic indicators are scheduled for release.

Canada's main stock index ended slightly higher on Wednesday, with gains in energy, industrials and materials groups offsetting losses from financials as the market recovered from a large sell-off the day before.

Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were up 0.09 percent at 7:10 a.m. ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 0.22 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were up 0.14 percent.

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