CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures turn positive on Putin comments

Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:00am EDT
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March 18 (Reuters) - Stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Canada's main stock index on Tuesday following Russian President Vladimir Putin's comments that he does not want to seize more of Ukraine after approving plans to make Crimea part of Russia.

Data also showed that Canadian manufacturing sales recovered more briskly than expected in January after a weak December.

June futures on the S&P TSX index were up 0.28 percent at 0845 ET.

The S&P TSX index closed little changed on Monday as a peaceful conclusion of the referendum in Crimea drove gains in some sectors, but the perceived easing of tension in the region weighed on the bullion price and sent gold-mining shares lower.

Dow Jones industrial average futures were up 0.32 percent, S&P 500 futures were up 0.39 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.31 percent at 0845 ET.

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