CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open lower on weak China data, Fed outlook

Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:54am EDT
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Aug 11 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index looked set to open lower on Wednesday as commodity prices tumbled on renewed worries about U.S. growth prospects and weaker manufacturing data in China.

Canadian equity futures pointed to a lower open. <0#SXF:>. The Thomson Reuters-Jefferies CRB index .CRB, a global commodities benchmark, was down 0.53 percent in early trade.

Wall Street is also set for a lower start after the Federal Reserve's gloomier assessment of the economy continued to rattle investors and the central bank's measures to support the fragile recovery failed to reassure world markets. [.N]

China reported a slowdown in factory output, adding to the picture of softening domestic demand painted by other data a day earlier that showed a sharp drop in import growth. For details, see [ID:nTOE67A01A]

European shares fell as banks led a broad-based sell-off after the Bank of England inflation report echoed worries in the U.S. over the economic recovery.

Asian equities also tumbled, with Nikkei falling 2.7 percent, marking its worst day in nearly a month as a stronger yen deepened worries about the longer-term prospects for Japan's economy and the technical outlook darkened.

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