Dec 30 Canada's main stock index looked set to
open flat to slightly higher on Monday as investors remained
generally upbeat on the global economic outlook for next year.
* The White House is coming under pressure from some of its
closest allies on healthcare reform to name a chief executive to
run its federal health insurance marketplace and allay the
concerns of insurers after the rocky rollout of Obamacare.
* China and South Korea's anxiety over the rapidly falling
yen came to the fore as senior officials said their exporters
could be hurt by Japan's attempts to pull its moribund economy
out of a two-decade slump.
* Cooper Tire & Rubber Co said it was not going ahead with a
$2.5 billion merger with India's Apollo Tyres Ltd.
* A bomb blast ripped a trolleybus apart in Volgograd,
killing 14 people in the second deadly attack in the southern
city in two days and raising fears of further violence as Russia
prepares to host the Winter Olympics.
* Canada stock futures traded up 0.01 percent
* U.S. stock futures , , were mixed
around -0.02 percent to 0.05 percent
* European shares, were down
COMMODITY PRICE MOVES
* Thomson Reuters-Jefferies CRB Index : 283.9071;
fell 0.3 percent
* Gold futures : $1,202.5; fell 0.96 percent
* US crude : $99.76; fell 0.56 percent
* Brent crude : $111.54; fell 0.57 percent
* LME 3-month copper : $7,373.25; fell 0.12 percent
ON THE CALENDAR
* No major Canadian economic data scheduled in the day
* Major U.S. events and data includes pending home sales and
Dallas Fed manufacturing