CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open higher on Bernanke's comments

Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:29am EDT
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July 11 (Reuters) - Canadian stock index futures looked set to open higher on Thursday after comments from the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that the U.S. central bank was not as close to winding up its monetary stimulus program as markets anticipated, improved investor sentiment.


* About half of the Federal Reserve's policymakers felt the U.S. central bank's bond-buying stimulus should be brought to a halt by year end when they met in June, but many wanted reassurance the U.S. jobs recovery was on solid ground before any policy retreat.

* The Bank of Japan said the world's third-largest economy was finally recovering as it kept monetary policy steady, its most optimistic view in two-and-half years reflecting the impact of a weakening yen and its massive monetary stimulus on activity.

* The European Central Bank has not "tied itself to the mast" with its use of forward guidance on low interest rates, and could raise them if inflationary pressures emerge in the future, ECB policymaker Jens Weidmann said.

* Canadian media company Corus Entertainment Inc said third-quarter profit more than doubled, mainly due to the sale of its non-controlling interest in speciality channel Food Network Canada.

* KFC parent Yum Brands Inc on Wednesday reported a smaller than expected decline in June sales at established restaurants in China, showing signs of recovery after sales were drastically hit by a food safety scare and a bird flu outbreak.

MARKET SNAPSHOT   Continued...