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U.S., Canadian employment numbers, Friday

Monday, March 5

The U.S. Institute for Supply Management issues its services index for February. Economists expect a reading of 56.1.

Companies reporting:

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Glencore International PLC

Uranium One Inc.

Tuesday, March 6

Companies reporting:

Aecon Group Inc.

Allied Properties REIT

Bank of Nova Scotia

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Davis + Henderson Corp.

First Quantum Minerals Ltd.

Linamar Corp.

Major Drilling Group International Inc.

March Networks Corp.

Nordion Inc.

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Paramount Resources Ltd.

Petrobakken Energy Ltd.

Provident Energy Ltd.

Sunopta Inc.

Wajax Corp.

Wednesday, March 7

Statistics Canada reports in building permits issued in January. Economists expect a drop of 4 per cent from the previous month.

Companies reporting:

Canadian Solar Inc.

Compton Petroleum Corp.

H&R Block Inc.

Hudbay Minerals Inc.

Intertape Polymer Group Inc.

Laurentian Bank of Canada

Morneau Shepell Inc.

Wi-LAN Inc.

Thursday, March 8

The Bank of Canada makes its interest rate announcement. Economists expect the benchmark rate to remain unchanged at 1 per cent.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. reports on housing starts in February. Economists expect 200,000 annualized starts.

Statistics Canada reports on the new housing price index in January. Economists expect a monthly increase of 0.1 per cent.

The U.S. Labour Department reports on initial jobless claims in the week ending March 3. Economists expect 351,000 new claims.

Companies reporting:

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.

Altagas Ltd.

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

Canadian Western Bank

Canexus Income Fund

Carrefour SA

Cominar REIT

Denison Mines Corp.

Descartes Systems Group Inc.

Dorel Industries Inc.

Uni-Sélect Inc.

Viterra Inc.

Friday, March 9

Statistics Canada publishes its jobs report for February. Economists expect the unemployment rate to remain unchanged at 7.6 per cent, and job creation of 17,500 new positions.

Statscan reports on labour productivity in the fourth quarter. Economists expect a rise of 0.6 per cent from the previous period.

Statscan reports on international merchandise trade in January. Economists expect a surplus of $2-billion.

The U.S. Labour Department issues its jobs report for February. Economists expect the unemployment rate to remain unchanged at 8.3 per cent; non-farm payrolls are expected to grow by 210,000 jobs.

The U.S. Commerce Department reports on the trade balance in January. Economists expect a deficit of $48.6-billion (U.S.).

Companies reporting:

Calvalley Petroleum Inc.

First Capital Realty Inc.

MI Developments Inc.

Newfoundland Capital Corp. Ltd.

Patheon Inc.

Zargon Oil & Gas Ltd.

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