CORRECTED - CANADA STOCKS-TSX hits 3-week high on stimulus hopes

Fri Feb 6, 2009 10:31am EST
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(Corrects headline to "3-week high" from "6-week high")

* TSX rallies to highest level since Jan. 16

* Stock gains fueled by hopes for U.S. stimulus plan

* Canadian and U.S. economies bleed jobs in January (Adds details and comments)

By Frank Pingue

TORONTO, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Toronto's key stock index shot to its highest level in three weeks on Friday as dismal U.S. jobs data fueled hopes for passage of a U.S. stimulus package and helped offset the drag lower oil prices had on energy shares.

The Democratic-led U.S. Senate will aim again on Friday to pass a $937 billion stimulus package aimed at boosting the battered economy. [ID:nN05403943]

"And you've got some people kicking some tires on some of these stocks out here that are starting to look like they are bottoming," said Bruce Latimer, trader at Dundee Securities.

Key stocks fueling the gain in Toronto included fertilizer company Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, which rallied 7.3 percent to C$113.88, and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, which rose 5.2 percent to C$73.64.   Continued...