March 16, 2012 / 8:08 PM / in 6 years

CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises as Astral shares soar on BCE bid

TORONTO, March 16 (Reuters) - Toronto’s main stock index jumped on Friday as shares of Astral Media soared on news that BCE Inc will buy the media company for C$3.38 billion.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed up 41.83 points, or 0.34 percent, at 12,497.65.

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