CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures lower ahead of building permits data

Fri Mar 6, 2015 7:40am EST
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March 6 (Reuters) - Stock futures pointed to a slightly lower opening for Canada's main stock index on Friday ahead of key economic data including building permits, trade balance and U.S. payrolls.

March futures on the S&P TSX index were down 0.07 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET.

Building permits for January, trade balance for January, and labor productivity data for the fourth quarter are due at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Canada's main stock index rose in a broad but shallow rally on Thursday, led by a 5 percent jump in shares of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd after the major oil and gas producer surprised investors with strong quarterly results.

Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures were down 0.07 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were down 0.04 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were up 0.06 percent. (Morning News Call newsletter; The Day Ahead newsletter


Enbridge Inc, Canada's largest pipeline operator, said on Thursday it plans to boost the size of two lines carrying crude from the oil sands while shaving C$400 million from their original price tag.

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board said it had paid 1.1 billion pounds to buy Liberty Living, one of Britain's biggest providers of student accommodation.

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