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CANADA STOCKS-TSX starts 2020 higher on fresh China stimulus

Jan 2 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index opened higher in the first trading day of the year on Thursday, joining a rally in global equity markets after Beijing unveiled fresh stimulus to prop up its slowing economy.

* At 09:39 a.m. ET (14:39 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 82.87 points, or 0.49%, at 17,146.3. (Reporting by Medha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)