CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open higher on Bernanke's comments

Mon Jan 6, 2014 8:27am EST
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Jan 6 (Reuters) - Canadian stock index futures pointed to a flat to slightly higher open on Monday as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's upbeat outlook for the U.S. economy overshadowed weak services sector data from China. TOP STORIES

* Growth in China's services industries slowed in December, a pair of surveys showed, mirroring a slowdown in manufacturing and confirming views that the world's second-largest economy lost steam at the end of last year.

* German annual inflation probably accelerated slightly in December, albeit remained below the European Central Bank's euro zone target, data from three federal states suggested.

* Ford Motor Co and its local partners boosted sales in China by nearly 50 percent last year, nudging past Japanese giants Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co to make big inroads into the world's largest auto market.

* Boeing's machinists on Friday narrowly approved a crucial labor contract that secured thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity for Washington state but will cost workers their pensions.

* Gold producer and explorer Kirkland Lake Gold Inc said it has started a strategic review and is considering the sales of assets or shares, hoping to create value for shareholders after its share price tumbled in 2013.MARKET SNAPSHOT

* Canada stock futures traded 0.14 percent

* U.S. stock futures , , were up around 0.11 percent to 0.2 percent

* European shares, were up COMMODITY PRICE MOVES   Continued...