March 16, 2012 / 1:42 PM / in 6 years

CANADA STOCKS-TSX higher on economic outlook; Astral bid

TORONTO, March 16 (Reuters) - Toronto’s main stock index opened higher on Friday on recent data that lifted hopes about the world economic outlook and as shares of Astral Media soared on news BCE Inc will buy the media company.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index rose 6.20 points to 12,462.02.

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