CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open higher as China data reassures investors

Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:22am EDT
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April 16 (Reuters) - Canadian stocks were set for a higher open on Wednesday as better-than-expected economic growth in China reassured investors.

June futures on Canada's main index, the S&P TSX index <0#SXF:>, were up 0.32 percent at 0715 ET.

Data on foreign securities bought by Canadians and BoC rate decision is due at 0830 ET and 1000 ET respectively.

The index edged higher on Tuesday after upbeat U.S. economic data and corporate results helped offset worries about increasing instability in Ukraine and a sharp decline in gold-mining shares.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up 0.34 percent, S&P 500 futures were up 0.41 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.54 percent at 0715 ET. (Morning News Call newsletter; The Day Ahead newsletter


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