Futures flat ahead of inflation, retail sales data

(Reuters) – Futures for Canada’s main stock index were little changed on Friday as investors awaited inflation and retail sales data.

FILE PHOTO: A sign board displaying Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) stock information is seen in Toronto June 23, 2014. Canada’s main stock index was little changed on Monday as weakness in financial and energy shares offset gains in the materials sector. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Canada’s annual inflation rate is expected to have remained at 2.3 percent in April while retail sales are likely to have increased by 0.3 percent in March. Both the reports are scheduled to release at 8:30 a.m. ET.

The Canadian stock market will be closed on Monday for Victoria Day.

June futures on the S&P TSX index were down 0.07 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX rose 35.49 points, or 0.22 percent, to 16,143.55 on Thursday.

Dow Jones Industrial Average e-mini futures were up 0.26 percent at 7:15 a.m. ET, while S&P 500 e-mini futures rose 0.16 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-mini futures were 0.2 percent higher. [.N]

Reporting by Benny Thomas in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber

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