August 23, 2016 / 11:32 AM / a year ago

CANADA STOCKS-Futures rise tracking world stocks amid Fed limbo

Aug 23 (Reuters) - Stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Canada's main stock index on Tuesday, tracking world markets, as investors await further clues on whether the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year.

Fed Chair Janet Yellen is expected to provide more clarity on the timing of a rate hike during the annual meeting of global central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The meet starts on Thursday and Yellen is due to speak on Friday.

September futures on the S&P TSX index were up 0.14 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET.

Canada's main stock index rose on Monday as Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc jumped after the convenience store operator bought a U.S. chain in an expansion move and drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals rose after it hired a new chief financial officer.

Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were up 0.24 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET. S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 0.24 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were up 0.26 percent.

(Morning News Call newsletter link.reuters.com/nex49s ; The Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s)

TOP STORIES

Three Canadian pension funds agreed to sell their stakes in Canada's biggest stock exchange operator TMX Group Ltd for a combined value of about C$312 million.

ANALYST RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Absolute Software Corp : BMO cuts to "market perform"

Alimentation Couche-Tard : Canaccord Genuity raises target to C$78 from C$73; "buy"

Performance Sports Group Ltd : RBC cuts to "underperform" from "sector perform"

COMMODITIES AT 7:15 a.m. ET

Gold futures : $1336.3; -0.1 percent

U.S. crude : $47.01; -0.84 percent

Brent crude : $48.69; -0.96 percent

LME 3-month copper : $4731.5; -0.36 percent

U.S. ECONOMIC DATA DUE ON TUESDAY

0855 Redbook mm: Prior -0.3 pct

0855 Redbook yy: Prior 0.2 pct

0945 Markit Manufacturing PMI Flash for August: Expected 52.7; Prior 52.9

1000 New home sales-units for July: Expected 0.580 mln; Prior 0.592 mln

1000 New home sales change mm for July: Expected -2.0 pct; Prior 3.5 pct

1000 Rich Fed Composite Index for August: Prior 10

1000 Rich Fed, Services Index for August: Prior 8

1000 Rich Fed Manufacturing Shipments for August: Prior 7

1315 Fed O/N Repo: Prior 0.25 pct

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Canadian markets directory ($1 = C$1.29) (Reporting by Sai Sharanya Khosla in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza)

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