CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures indicate higher start to the week

June 2 Mon Jun 2, 2014 7:24am EDT

June 2 (Reuters) - Canadian stocks looked set to start the week higher, after strong Chinese manufacturing data reinforced views that the world's second-largest economy is regaining momentum.

June futures on the S&P TSX index <0#SXF:> were up 0.17 percent at 0715 ET.

The TSX index edged higher on Friday, pulled up by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International after it again boosted the cash component of its takeover bid for Allergan Inc. The move bucked up market sentiment following the release of weak economic growth figures early in the day.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up 0.1 percent at 0715 ET, while S&P 500 futures were up 0.07 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures were up 0.11 percent.

Canadian manufacturing PMI data for May is due at 0930 ET.

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TOP STORIES

Canadian trucking company TransForce Inc said it would buy truckload transport and logistics company Transport America for $310 million, including debt, from private equity firm Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison Inc.

Royal Bank of Canada may invest as much as $1 billion in a hedge fund spun off from its proprietary trading business, Bloomberg reported.

COMMODITIES AT 0715 ET

Gold futures : $1,247.2; +0.11 pct

US crude : $102.93; +0.21 pct

Brent crude : $109.32; -0.08 pct

LME 3-month copper : $6,930.00; +1.24 pct

ANALYST RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Acadian Timber : Raymond James starts with outperform rating; target price C$16.50

Canadian Pacific Railway : Morgan Stanley ups target to C$198 from C$192; rating overweight

Pengrowth Energy : Raymond James resumes coverage with outperform; target C$8

U.S. ECONOMIC DATA DUE ON MONDAY

0945 Markit manufacturing PMI Final for May: Prior +56.2

1000 Construction spending mm for April: Expected +0.6 pct, prior +0.2 pct

1000 ISM manufacturing PMI for May: Expected +55.5, prior +54.9

1000 ISM manufacturing prices paid for May: Expected +57.0, prior +56.5

1000 ISM manufacturing employment index for May: Expected +55.0, prior +54.7

1000 ISM manufacturing new orders index for May: Prior +55.1

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($1= $1.09 Canadian) (Reporting by Mononshila Deka in Bangalore; Editing by Ted Kerr)

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