July 8 (Reuters) - Toronto’s resource heavy main stock index looked set to open lower on Friday, as much weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs data slammed investor confidence and sent commodity prices tumbling.
* Canadian equity futures <0#SXF:> pointed to a lower open.
* The Canadian dollar weakened to a session low against the U.S. dollar on Friday after the disappointing U.S. jobs data. [CAD/]
* U.S. stock index futures tumbled on Friday after the U.S. economy added far fewer jobs than expected in June, confounding expectations for more signs of strength in the labor market. [.N]
* European stock markets slipped on Friday after U.S. non-farm payrolls data came in far below expectations, sending investors flocking towards safe haven assets. [.EU]
* The Thomson Reuters-Jefferies CRB index .CRB, a global commodities benchmark, fell 0.51 percent in early trade.
* U.S. and Brent crude futures fell sharply Friday after a disappointing report on June nonfarm payrolls in the United States. [O/R]
* Gold prices rallied to session highs at $1,537.96 an ounce after data showed the United States economy added a far fewer than expected 18,000 jobs in June. [GOL/]
* Copper prices fell to session lows on Friday after disappointing monthly jobs data from the United States raised questions about the health of the world’s largest economy. [MET/L]
* Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO): The bank is getting into the fast-growing exchange-traded fund business, according filings with securities regulators this week. [ID:nN1E7661T6]
* European Goldfields EGU.TO: Greece granted the company a long-awaited permit to mine for gold in the country’s north, a move set to turn the London-based firm into the European Union’s largest primary gold producer. [ID:nLDE7670OL]
* Questerre Energy Corp. (QEC.TO): The oil and gas explorer said it bought Bakken-Torquay oil assets and undeveloped land in the Antler area of southeast Saskatchewan for C$13.25 million. [ID:nL3E7I81F9]
* TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd. TNP.TO: The company may start natural gas production from a Bulgarian field in 2012, the economy and energy ministry said on Friday. [ID:nLDE765058]
$1= $0.96 Canadian Reporting by Shrutee Sarkar; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson