CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises for 3rd straight day on U.S. data, Viterra

Fri Mar 9, 2012 4:58pm EST
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* TSX up 41.69 points, or 0.33 pct, at 12,503.62

* Down 1 percent for the week

* Takeover chatter boosts Viterra, Neo Materials

* U.S. jobs data beats market forecasts

* Canadian job market stalls

By Jennifer Kwan

TORONTO, March 9 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index edged higher for a third day in a row on Friday, lifted by bullish U.S. employment data and takeover speculation at grain handler Viterra.

Viterra led the broader index higher and finished the day up 23.7 percent at C$13.58. The Regina, Saskatchewan-based company, Canada's biggest grain handler, said it had received expressions of interest from unnamed third parties on a possible takeover.   Continued...