CANADA-STOCKS-Canada's TSX boosted by Repsol purchase of Talisman

Tue Dec 16, 2014 4:35pm EST
 
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* TSX ends up 156.38 points, or 1.14 percent, at 13,861.52

* Energy and banking shares lead push higher

* Talisman surges 46 percent after deal (Adds portfolio manager comment, updates prices to close)

By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index jumped on Tuesday, with Talisman Energy Inc surging 46 percent after Spanish oil major Repsol agreed to buy the independent producer for $13 billion.

Other resource companies also gained as the Repsol move was seen as a model that could be replicated with other Canadian stocks suffering from sinking commodity prices while borrowing costs remain at historical lows.

"For companies that understand the business and understand what they are looking for, there could be terrific opportunities in oil and gas, in base metal mining, gold mining, and even in the industrial and real estate stocks that are down and dirty," said Irwin Michael, portfolio manager at ABC Funds.

Suncor Energy Inc added 5.2 percent to C$33.01 and Encana Corp gained 7.4 percent to C$14.53.

"People are recognizing that there is a difference between stock prices and business value," said Barry Schwartz, a portfolio manager at Baskin Financial Services. "At some point it's cheaper for companies with cash to go out and buy oil companies instead of drilling for themselves."   Continued...