CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open lower after weak Chinese manufacturing data

Thu Jan 2, 2014 8:15am EST
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Jan 2 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index looked set to a lower open on Thursday, following a disappointing Chinese manufacturing data.


* China's factory activity slowed in December, official and private manufacturing surveys showed, reinforcing views that growth in the world's second-largest economy moderated in the final quarter of 2013.

* Euro zone manufacturing grew at the fastest rate since mid-2011 in December on brisk business in Germany and Italy, setting the stage for a solid start to the year after a tumultuous 2013, a survey showed.

* Bombardier Inc said on Tuesday it received a firm order from an undisclosed customer to buy 38 business aircraft in a deal valued at about $2.2 billion.

* Italian carmaker Fiat SpA struck a $4.35 billion deal to gain full control of Chrysler Group LLC, ending more than a year of tense talks that have obstructed Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne's efforts to combine the two automakers' resources.


* Canada stock futures traded down 0.03 percent   Continued...