CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open lower,Ukraine conflict and China data weighs

Reuters

April 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index pointed to a lower open on Tuesday as investors weighed up tensions between Russia and Ukraine and signs of slowing growth in China.

June futures on the S&P TSX index were down 0.05 percent at 0715 ET.

Manufacturing Sales data is due at 0830 ET

The index rebounded from last week's weakness and advanced on Monday as resource prices rose on concerns about instability in Ukraine, while data showed a rebound U.S. retail sales in March.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were down 0.10 percent, S&P 500 futures were up 0.09 percent and Nasdaq 100 futures were down 0.04 percent at 0715 ET.

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COMMODITIES AT 0740 ET

Gold futures : $1,304.4; -1.72 pct

US crude : $103.08; -0.93 pct

Brent crude : $108.37; -0.64 pct

LME 3-month copper : $6,649.50; -0.26 pct

ANALYST RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Kirkland Lake : CIBC cuts to sector underperformer rating

Transforce : Canaccord Genuity starts with target price of C$29

U.S. ECONOMIC DATA DUE ON TUESDAY

0830 CPI mm, SA Mar: Expected +0.1 pct prior +0.1 pct

0830 CPI yy, NSA Mar: Expected +1.4 pct prior +1.1 pct

0830 Core CPI mm, SA Mar: Expected +0.1 pct prior +0.1 pct

0830 Core CPI yy, NSA Mar: Expected +1.6 pct prior +1.6 pct

0830 CPI Index, NSA Mar: Expected 236.06 prior 234.78

0830 Core CPI Index, SA Mar: Prior 236.12

0830 NY Fed Manufacturing Apr: Expected +8.00 prior +5.61

0855 Redbook weekly retail sales mm: Prior -0.5 pct

0855 Redbook yy: Prior +2.9 pct

0900 Net L-T Flows, Exswaps Feb: Prior +7.3 bln

0900 Foreign Buying, T-Bonds Feb: Prior -0.6 bln

0900 Overall Net Capital Flow Feb: Prior +83.0 bln

0900 Net L-T Flows,Incl Swaps Feb: Prior -2.5 bln

1000 NAHB Housing Market Index Apr: Expected +50 prior +47

1130 Cleveland Fed CPI Mar: Prior +0.2 pct

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($1= $1.10 Canadian) (Reporting by Mononshila Deka in Banagalore; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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