CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open lower, Fed uncertainity drags

Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:24am EDT
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August 12 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index futures signaled a lower open on Monday, with investors still jittery about the uncertainty surrounding the U.S. Federal Reserve's bond-buying program. TOP STORIES

* Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry said it had set up a committee to explore strategic alternatives that could include joint ventures, partnerships or a sale of the company.

* Japan's economy grew at a slower-than-expected rate in the second quarter, offering ammunition to those seeking to delay a scheduled sales tax increase even as government debt has risen past 1,000 trillion yen.

* Some older Samsung Electronics Co mobile devices face a sales and import ban in the United States after a U.S. trade panel ruled for Apple in a high-profile patent infringement case.

* British insurer Prudential reported a 22 percent rise in first-half operating profits on Monday, as it benefited from its exposure to fast-growing Asian markets as well as a jump in income in its U.S. operation.MARKET SNAPSHOT

* Canada stock futures traded down 0.5 percent

* U.S. stock futures , , were down around 0.44 percent to 0.35 percent

* European shares, were down COMMODITY PRICE MOVES

* Thomson Reuters-Jefferies CRB Index : 286.1757; rose 0.09 percent   Continued...