Feb 20 (Reuters) - Canadian stock index futures pointed to a
lower open on Thursday following data showing a slide in China's
But shares of BlackBerry Ltd were set to
jump after Facebook Inc's stunning $19 billion bid for
fast-growing mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp, with investors
cheered by the lofty valuation for the messaging platform.
The deal put a rough valuation metric around the smartphone
maker's own BlackBerry Messaging service.
* China's vast factory sector contracted again this month
and the expected acceleration in euro zone business activity
failed to materialise, highlighting the fragile state of the
* Facebook Inc will buy fast-growing mobile-messaging
startup WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock in a landmark
deal that places the world's largest social network closer to
the heart of mobile communications and may bring younger users
into the fold.