(Updates with economic data)
March 18 (Reuters) - Canadian stock futures added to gains on Friday, after data showed higher-than-expected retail sales and slowing annual inflation.
Data from Statistics Canada showed annual inflation was 1.4 percent in February, modestly exceeding analysts’ expectations for a pullback to 1.5 percent from January’s 2.0 percent.
Separately, data from Statistics Canada showed that Canadian retail sales rose far more than expected in January, boosted by motor vehicle purchases and a rebound in a number of sectors that slumped at the end of last year.
Sales rose 2.1 percent, topping analysts’ expectations for a gain of 0.6 percent.
June futures on the S&P TSX index were up 0.29 percent at 8:45 a.m. ET.
Canada’s main stock index rose to a four-month high on Thursday as higher oil prices supported energy stocks, while the financial and industrial sectors also gained.
Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were up 0.26 percent at 8:45 a.m. ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were up 0.28 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were up 0.21 percent.
Canada’s BRP Inc, the maker of Ski-Doo snowmobiles and Sea-Doo watercraft, swung to a quarterly loss, hurt by a C$70 million impairment charge on its outboard engine assets.
Canada’s Paramount Resources Ltd agreed on Thursday to sell a natural gas processing complex in the Montney shale formation in Alberta to Pembina Pipeline Corp for C$556 million ($428 million) in cash.
COMMODITIES AT 8:45 a.m. ET
Gold futures : $1,251.50; -1.03 pct
US crude : $41.03; +2.09 pct
Brent crude : $42.28; +1.76 pct
LME 3-month copper : $5,073.00; +0.05 pct
ANALYST RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS
Silver Wheaton Corp : Dundee raises target price to C$28 from C$25
U.S. ECONOMIC DATA DUE ON FRIDAY
1000 U Mich Sentiment Preliminary for Mar: Expected 92.2; Prior 91.7
1000 U Mich Conditions Preliminary for Mar: Expected 107.0; Prior 106.8
1000 U Mich Expectations Preliminary for Mar: Expected 82.3; Prior 81.9
1000 U Mich 1 year inflation preliminary for Mar: Prior 2.5 pct
1000 U Mich 5-year inflation preliminary for Mar: Prior 2.5 pct
1030 ECRI Weekly Index: Prior 131
1030 ECRI weekly annualized : Prior -3.1 pct
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Canadian markets directory ($1= C$1.30) (Reporting by Riniki Sanyal in Bengaluru; Editing by Don Sebastian and Sriraj Kalluvila)
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