March 3, 2015 / 12:32 PM / in 3 years

CANADA STOCKS-TSX set to open higher as Brent rebounds

Mar 3 (Reuters) - Stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Canada’s main stock index on Tuesday as Brent crude prices jumped.

March futures on the S&P TSX index were up 0.04 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET.

Fourth-quarter GDP data is due at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Canada’s main stock index rose on Monday as a jump in Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc helped to offset weakness in the energy sector after a drop in the Brent price.

The Canadian market has been choppy in recent months as the price of oil fluctuates.

Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were down 0.1 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were down 0.13 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were down 0.08 percent.

(Morning News Call newsletter link.reuters.com/nex49s; The Day Ahead newsletter link.reuters.com/mex49s)

TOP STORIES

Bank of Nova Scotia, Canada’s No. 3 lender, reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit, hurt by higher provisions and a “softer” performance in its investment banking business.

BlackBerry unveiled a new mid-market smartphone dubbed the BlackBerry Leap that is set to replace the Z3 device launched a year ago, in a move to woo buyers in certain emerging markets where BlackBerry still has a fairly large client base.

Silver Wheaton Corp said on Monday it would pay $900 million for the right to buy an additional 25 percent of future gold production from Vale SA’s Salobo mine in Brazil, boosting its 2015 gold output to 230,000 ounces.

COMMODITIES AT 7:15 a.m. ET

Gold futures : $1,207.4; -0.02 pct

US crude : $50.45; +1.73 pct

Brent crude : $61.32; +2.99 pct

LME 3-month copper : $5,845.5; -1.02 pct

ANALYST RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Constellation Software Inc : CIBC cuts rating to “sector underperformer” from “sector performer”

Major Drilling Group : CIBC cuts rating to “sector performer” from “sector outperformer”

Mitel Networks Corp : CIBC raises target price to $15 from $12.50

U.S. ECONOMIC DATA DUE ON TUESDAY

0855 Redbook mm: Prior +0.8 pct

0855 Redbook yy: Prior +2.8 pct

0945 ISM-New York Index for Feb: Prior +671.1

1330 Domestic car sales for Feb: Expected +5.50 mln; Prior +5.47 mln

1330 Domestic truck sales for Feb: Expected +8.00 mln; Prior +8.07 mln

1330 Total vehicle sales for Feb: Expected +16.70 mln; Prior +16.66 mln

1330 All Truck Sales for Feb: Prior +9.11 mln

FOR CANADIAN MARKETS NEWS, CLICK ON CODES:

TSX market report

Canadian dollar and bonds report

Reuters global stocks poll for Canada

Canadian markets directory

$1= C$1.25 Reporting by Nandi Kaul in Bengaluru; Editing by Ted Kerr

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