CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open lower after weak U.S. data
TORONTO Jan 14 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index could open lower on Thursday after unexpectedly weak U.S. data hurt investor sentiment.
U.S. stock index futures turned negative after data showed claims for first-time job benefits rose more than expected last week, and retail sales unexpectedly fell in December. [ID:nN13117317] [ID:nN14170396] [.N]
Before the data, Canadian energy producers had been expected to get a boost from rising oil prices. But the price of crude pared gains after the U.S. number.
Canadian stocks closed higher after a choppy session on Wednesday after two days of losses.
Here is some of the news that may affect the market:
Oil rose towards $80 a barrel after dropping to 2010 lows the previous day as expectations for rising demand growth in the world's top energy consumer the United States shored up prices. [O/R]
Gold eased slightly in Europe as the dollar firmed a little against the euro ahead of a European Central Bank policy decision later in the session, curbing interest in the metal as an alternative asset.[GOL/] Continued...