CANADA STOCKS-Futures higher ahead of U.S. jobless claims data

Thu Aug 11, 2016 7:36am EDT
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Aug 11 (Reuters) - Futures pointed to a slightly higher start for Canada's main stock index on Thursday ahead of the release of weekly data on U.S. jobless claims.

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits is expected to have slipped by 4,000 to 265,000 last week, continuing a trend of being below the 300,000 mark for the 75th consecutive week. The data is due at 8:30 a.m. ET.

September futures on the S&P TSX index were up 0.16 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET.

Canadian housing price data for June is also due at 8:30 a.m. ET

Canada's main stock index on Wednesday broke a five-day winning streak that had lifted it to a 13-month high, with heavyweight energy and financial stocks leading a broad pullback as oil prices fell.

Dow Jones industrial average e-mini futures were up 0.32 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 0.26 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were up 0.31 percent.

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