CANADA STOCKS-Futures point to a flat opening for Canadian stocks
May 15 (Reuters) - Canadian stocks looked set to open flat to slightly lower on Thursday with June futures on the S&P TSX index <0#SXF:> down 0.07 percent at 0715 ET.
Manufacturing sales data is due at 0830 ET.
The index was little changed on Wednesday as a gain for gold miners on higher bullion prices was offset by weakness in the energy sector, while healthcare shares fell with Valeant Pharmaceuticals after it said it would sweeten its takeover offer for Allergan Inc.
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were down 0.06 percent at 0715 ET while S&P 500 futures were down 0.10 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.08 percent. (Morning News Call newsletter link.reuters.com/nex49s; The Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s)
Air Canada reported a bigger first-quarter loss, mainly due to foreign exchange losses of $161 million and harsh winter weather.
Canada's Conservative government will consider allocating some of its projected budget surplus to paying down debt, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said on Wednesday.
Bank of Nova Scotia said on Wednesday it will explore options to divest itself of some or all of its 37 percent stake in asset manager CI Financial and redeploy the capital elsewhere.
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