Toronto stocks headed for mixed open
*Cool commodities may hit resource shares
*TSX could get boost from global brewer bid
*U.S. retail sales data provide optimism
TORONTO, June 12 (Reuters) - The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index was seen mixed on Thursday, under the cloud of falling commodity prices, but it may get a lift from takeover cheer and data that suggested the U.S. consumer is confident.
The Canadian benchmark has fallen the last four sessions, but could get a spill-over boost from optimism in Europe and the United States, where stocks were lifted after Belgium's InBev INTB.BR bid $46 billion for U.S. rival brewer Anheuser-Busch BUD.N. For details, see: [nL12619037]
Global markets were also boosted after data showed U.S. retail sales rose more than expected in May. See: [nN11255522]
The resource-heavy TSX often follows the lead of U.S. markets, although tumbling oil, gas, gold and other metal prices could hamper its resource sectors.
Crude oil futures were off more than 2 percent at C$133.58 a barrel, while spot gold slid nearly $20 to $860.95 an ounce -- bad omens for the TSX's heavyweight energy and gold groups.
Canada's Transat AT TRZb.TO may see some action after the holiday travel firm reported a profit drop related to its ABCP holdings, and warned that it would be squeezed by aircraft fuel prices through the summer. For details, see: [nN12300980] Continued...