CANADA STOCKS-TSX gains at midday, Bombardier soars

Wed Mar 2, 2011 12:18pm EST
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   * TSX gains 0.12 percent to 14,140.01
 * Bombardier jumps 8 pct on Warren Buffett deal
 * Five TSX sectors advance
 (Adds details, updates to midday)
 By Ka Yan Ng and Solarina Ho
 TORONTO, March 2 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index was
moderately higher at midday on Wednesday thanks to strength in
energy issues and a boost from plane maker Bombardier.
 The industrials group was up almost 1 percent after
Bombardier BBDb.TO reached a deal for as many as 120 aircraft
with Warren Buffett's NetJets Inc. The deal could earn it more
than $6.7 billion.
 Bombardier was the top blue-chip gainer, up more than 8
percent at C$6.64. [ID:nN02187860] [ID:nL3E7E20EN]
 "His name associated with any company tends to get a lift.
But when he puts his money putting in an order, it helps even
more," said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at MacDougall,
MacDougall & MacTier.
 "It's the right time of the cycle to own stocks like that,
meaning the jet market is coming back. We were in a financial
crisis two years ago and obviously we've come back pretty
 At 12:00 (1700 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX
composite index .GSPTSE was up 17.16 points, or 0.12 percent,
at 14,140.01, after spending much of the morning in negative
 Five of the TSX's 10 main sectors were higher, including
the heavily weighted financials, energy and materials groups.
 Other blue-chip gainers included Toronto-Dominion Bank
TD.TO, up 0.95 percent at C$80.69, while Royal Bank of Canada
advanced 0.6 percent to C$56.90.  
 Worries about turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East,
and concerns over the economic impact of high oil prices,
weighed on investor sentiment earlier in the session.
 Crude oil climbed on warnings by Libya that prices would
rise and as government forces fought rebels. U.S. crude hit
more than $100 while Brent reached close to two-and-a-half year
highs, hitting above $115. [O/R][ID:nSGE72103H]
 The strong oil prices boosted the TSX's hefty energy group,
up 0.4 percent. Canadian Natural Resources CNQ.TO gained 1.4
percent to C$49.60, while Imperial Oil IMO.TO was up nearly 1
percent at C$50.99.
 "The things which were making people nervous yesterday are
still there," said Gavin Graham, president of Graham Investment
Strategy. "If you're going to have stronger oil prices, causing
a slowdown in economic growth, that's not good news."
 ($1=$0.97 Canadian)
 (Editing by Rob Wilson)