CANADA STOCKS-TSX poised to open flat, U.S. job growth below expectations

Fri Aug 1, 2014 9:06am EDT

(Adds U.S. economic data)

Aug 1 (Reuters) - Canadian stocks looked set to open little changed on the last trading day of the week after data showed U.S. job growth slowed more than expected in July.

September futures on the S&P TSX index <0#SXF:> were unchanged at 0855 ET after a drop on Thursday when markets were jolted by Argentina's debt default.

Other data on Friday showed that U.S. consumer spending rose for a fifth straight month in June.

Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were down 0.13 percent at 0855 ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures were down 0.13 percent. Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were down 0.05 percent.

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

Canadian markets will be closed for a holiday on Monday.

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TOP STORIES

Enbridge Inc, Canada's largest pipeline company, reported a better-than-expected profit in the second quarter, driven mainly by higher shipment volumes on the Canadian Mainline and regional oil sands systems.

Canadian Oil Sands Ltd said on Thursday that its second-quarter profit fell by one-fifth on lower production and higher government payments.

Canada's three biggest telecom firms, BCE Inc, Rogers Communications Inc and Telus Corp, keen to keep shareholders happy with fat dividends, are breaking into businesses ranging from banking to healthcare to drive growth as they run out of expansion options and shy away from overseas purchases.

The recent hacking attempt on a sensitive Canadian government computer network is similar to attacks mounted by an elite unit of the Chinese army based in Shanghai, according to a cybersecurity expert.

COMMODITIES AT 0845 ET

Gold futures : $1,288.8; +0.55 pct

US crude : $97.60; -0.58 pct

Brent crude : $105.65; -0.35 pct

LME 3-month copper : $7,078.00; -0.52 pct

ANALYST RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Alamos Gold : BMO, Cowen and Company cut target price

Bombardier Inc : Raymond James raises to "outperform" from "market perform"

TransCanada Corp : RBC raises target price to C$61 from C$57; rating "outperform"

U.S. ECONOMIC DATA DUE ON FRIDAY

0830 Personal consumption real mm for June: Actual +0.2 pct Prior -0.1 pct

0830 Personal income mm for June: Actual +0.4 pct, prior +0.4 pct

0830 Consumption, adjusted mm for June: Actual +0.4 pct, prior 0.2 pct

0830 Core PCE price index yy for June: Actual +1.5 pct, prior +1.5 pct

0830 PCE price index mm for June: Actual +0.2 pct, prior +0.2 pct

0830 Core PCE price index mm for June: Actual +0.1 pct, prior +0.2 pct

0830 PCE price index yy for June: Actual +1.6, prior +1.8 pct

0830 Non-farm payrolls for July: Actual +209,000, prior +288,000

0830 Private payrolls for July: Actual +198,000, prior +262,000

0830 Manufacturing payrolls for July: Actual +28,000, prior +16,000

0830 Government payrolls for July: Actual +11,000, prior +26,000

0830 Unemployment rate: Actual +6.2 pct, prior +6.1 pct

0830 Average earnings mm for July: Actual 0.0 pct, prior +0.2 pct

0830 Average workweek hours for July: Actual +34.5 hrs, prior +34.5 hrs

0945 Markit manufacturing PMI final for July: Prior +56.3

0955 U Mich sentiment final for July: Expected +82.0, prior +81.3

0955 U Mich conditions final for July: Expected +97.1, prior +97.1

0955 U Mich expectations final for July: Expected +71.5, prior +71.1

0955 U Mich 1Year inflation final for July: Prior +3.3 pct

0955 U Mich 5-Year inflation final for July: Prior +2.6 pct

1000 Construction spending mm for June: Expected +0.5 pct, prior +0.1 pct

1000 ISM manufacturing PMI for July: Expected +56.0, prior +55.3

1000 ISM manufacturing prices paid for July: Expected +59.0, prior +58.0

1000 ISM manufacturing employment index for July: Expected +53.0, prior +52.8

1000 ISM manufacturing new orders index for July: Prior +58.9

10:30 ECRI weekly index: Prior +135.8

1030 ECRI weekly annualized: Prior +4.2 pct

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($1= $1.09 Canadian)

(Reporting by Mononshila Deka in Bangalore; Editing by Simon Jennings)