Aug 29 (Reuters) - Canadian stock futures pointed to a higher open, despite caution among investors across the globe, ahead of a key gathering of central bankers that might give further clues on policy actions.
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is expected keep markets guessing about the timing of another round of bond purchases when he speaks on Friday in Jackson Hole, but he is likely to sustain expectations for action of some kind next month.
* The European Central Bank needs to employ “exceptional measures” at times to ensure its monetary policy can be effective but will act within its mandate to deliver price stability, ECB President Mario Draghi said in a newspaper opinion piece.
* Shareholders in Canada’s Progress Energy Resources Corp have approved a takeover bid from Malaysia’s state oil company Petronas at C$22.00 a share, or near C$6 billion ($6.09 billion) including debt, Progress said.
* Samsung Electronics Co unveils the second generation of its popular Galaxy Note phone-cum-tablet at Europe’s biggest electronics show in Berlin later on Wednesday, as the South Korean firm comes under pressure to innovate after losing a U.S. patent battle with Apple Inc.
* China’s central bank is experimenting with more delicate tools to support bank liquidity and lending, showing an apparent reluctance to resort to blunter monetary policy instruments such as cutting the amount of cash banks must hold as reserves despite abundant signs of weakening growth.
* Greece’s government has agreed on the broad framework for nearly 12 billion euros in spending cuts for the next two years, with only technical issues outstanding, the country’s finance minister said on Wednesday.
* Canada stock futures traded up 0.26 percent
* U.S. stock futures , , were down in the range of -0.01 percent to -0.08 percent
* European shares, were down
* Thomson Reuters-Jefferies CRB Index : 306.29; fell 0.2 percent
* Gold futures : $1,665.2; fell 0.08 percent
* US crude : $95.64; fell 0.72 percent
* Brent crude : $112.12; fell 0.41 percent
* LME 3-month copper : $7,548.5; fell 0.78 percent
Following is a summary of research actions on Canadian companies reported by Reuters.
* Bank of Montreal : CIBC raises target to C$60 from C$59 after the company reported third-quarter earnings and announced unexpected bounce in dividend
* Luna Gold Corp. : National Bank Financial starts with outperform with a target of C$3.20, says production from Aurizona is expected to generate adjusted 2012 earnings and cash flow of 6 and 20 cents per share respectively.
* Orezone Gold Corp. : CIBC cuts target to C$4 from C$5 to reflect increased cost estimates
* Royal Host Inc. : CIBC cuts target to C$1 from C$1.25 after the company reported second-quarter fund from operations below estimates
* Major Canadian economic data includes industrial prices
* Major U.S. events and data includes second estimate on second-quarter gross domestic product, the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book of economic conditions, pending home sales and corporate profits