CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open lower, Syrian crisis raises concern
Aug 27 (Reuters) - Uncertainty surrounding possible U.S. military action against Bashar al-Assad's Syrian government helped push Canadian stock index futures lower on Tuesday.
* Bank of Montreal's third-quarter profit rose 17 percent, as the Canadian 4 bank benefited from higher insurance income and lower provisions for bad loans.
* Bank of Nova Scotia's third-quarter profit fell 14 percent after a big gain from a sale in the year-before period, it said.
* British Prime Minister David Cameron said that a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria was "absolutely abhorrent" and necessitated action from the international community with Britain considering a "proportionate response".
* Hedge fund manager William Ackman, the biggest shareholder in J.C. Penney Co, said on Monday he had sold his entire stake after his campaign to overhaul the retailer failed.
* A pick-up in manufacturing drove German business sentiment to its highest level in 16 months in August, adding to evidence that Europe's largest economy is bouncing back from a brief slowdown.
* Canada stock futures traded down 0.26 percent Continued...