CANADA STOCKS-Futures point to lower start for TSX
April 2 (Reuters) - Stock futures pointed to a lower start for Canada's main stock index on Thursday ahead of an extended weekend.
June futures on the S&P TSX index were down 0.31 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET.
Data on trade balance, exports and imports is due at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Canada's main stock index gained on Wednesday as rising prices for commodities such as oil and bullion bolstered the energy and mining sectors, which together make up almost a third of the index.
Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were down 0.21 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were down 0.27 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were down 0.32 percent. (Morning News Call newsletter link.reuters.com/nex49s; The Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s)
Canadian auto sales rose in March from a year earlier, industry data showed on Wednesday, even as several major manufacturers, including General Motors Co and Toyota Motor Corp, reported declines.
Canada's largest oil and gas company Suncor Energy Inc said on Wednesday that it expected to largely implement operating budget cuts of C$600 million-C$800 million in 2015, ahead of the previously projected two-year period. Continued...