CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open higher, eye on U.S. debt talks, BlackBerry

Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:25am EDT
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Sept 26 (Reuters) - Canadian stock index futures inched higher on Thursday with investors cautious about the outcome of the U.S. government's debt ceiling talks.

Shares of BlackBerry were expected to be in focus after falling on Wednesday on doubts about a $4.7 billion bid to take the smartphone maker private.


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* JPMorgan Chase & Co is in talks with government officials to settle federal and state mortgage probes for $11 billion, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

* Germany's biggest bathroom fittings company Grohe has been snapped up by Japanese building products group Lixil in a 3.06 billion euro deal, marking the largest ever investment by Japan in Europe's biggest economy.

* Chile's Supreme Court on Wednesday confirmed a freeze on Barrick Gold Corp's suspended Pascua-Lama gold mine but the Toronto-based miner escaped having the project's environmental permit revoked.