CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open lower on stimulus worries; eye on Empire Co

Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:36am EDT
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June 13 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index looked set to open lower on Thursday, following a global equity market sell-off driven by worries over the possible scaling back of central bank monetary stimulus.

Shares of Canadian grocers are expected to be active after Sobeys parent Empire Co Ltd said on Wednesday it is acquiring Safeway Inc's assets in Canada for $5.7 billion, in a move that will nearly double its reach in the country's western provinces.


* The World Bank cut its outlook for global growth, saying the economy should expand more slowly this year than last as it cited a deeper-than-expected recession in Europe and a recent slowdown in some emerging markets.

* The Bank of Japan expects bond yields to stabilize over time with its flexible market operations and massive asset purchases, a central bank policymaker said, signaling that it has no immediate plans to take fresh steps to calm volatile markets.

* Wal-Mart Stores Inc has in recent months been only hiring temporary workers at many of its U.S. stores, the first time the world's largest retailer has done so outside of the holiday shopping season.

* Mining giant Rio Tinto has agreed to sell its Eagle project to Lundin Mining Corp for $325 million in cash.

MARKET SNAPSHOT   Continued...