CANADA STOCKS-Resources lift TSX in broad rally, Forzani jumps

Mon May 9, 2011 5:19pm EDT
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   * TSX up 110.53 points, or 0.81 percent, at 13,677.13
 * All 10 sectors in positive territory
 * Forzani shares up 49 percent, Canadian Tire up 2.73 pct
 (Updates with details, comments)
 By Solarina Ho
 TORONTO, May 9 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
closed higher on Monday in a broad-based rally led by resource
issues, while news that Canadian Tire CTCa.TO planned to buy
Forzani Group FGL.TO also helped lift sentiment.
 Stocks from the three heavyweight sectors -- materials,
energy and financials -- led the blue-chip index.
 Materials, home to mining companies, posted a 1.54 percent
gain. Energy stocks rose 0.93 percent while financials were up
0.39 percent. The three sectors combine to make up more than 75
percent of the index's weight.
 Oil, bullion and silver prices all snapped back from last
week's dramatic sell-off, in a move many traders attributed to
bargainhunting.  [O/R] [GOL/]
 Goldcorp G.TO, up 2.15 percent at C$48.38, played the
biggest role of any stock in leading the market higher.
 Manulife Financial MFC.TO, up 1.83 percent to C$17.79,
and Barrick Gold ABX.TO, which rose 1.19 percent at C$45.96
also played a major role in lifting the index.
 "You've got a little bit of a rebound coming after last
week's routing here," said Bruce Latimer, a trader with Dundee
 "We're not quite sure how much of a rebound we're going to
see over today and the next few days. To me, looks like some of
the volumes are lighter across the board. I think people are
waiting to see how this correction pans out."
 The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE closed up 110.53 points, or 0.81 percent, to finish
at 13,677.13. The index, which saw all 10 of its sectors in
positive territory, extended Friday's rise and after falling
roughly 2.7 percent on the week.
 Energy stocks were also helped by a jump in gasoline
prices. Traders were also eyeing a fire at Chevron's Pascagoula
refinery and Mississippi River flooding near several U.S.
refineries, though none has been impacted. [ID:nN09232133]
 Canadian Oil Sands COS.TO jumped 3.21 percent to C$31.85
and Husky Energy HSE.TO rose 2.5 percent to C$28.29.
 Canadian Tire and Forzani both rose on news of a C$771
million ($798.5 million) friendly deal that will give Canadian
Tire a commanding share of the country's sporting goods
 "It makes sense to me what Canadian Tire's doing, but it
certainly came as a surprise," said Nakamoto. "I think they
have proven themselves as pretty good operators and
 Canadian Tire climbed 2.73 percent to C$2.73 while Forzani
Group sky-rocketed 49 percent to C$26.25, roughly in line with
with the 50 percent premium over Friday's closing share price
that Canadian Tire offered for each Forzani share.
 Such deals typically boost investor sentiment because they
suggest other stocks may be takeover targets that could attract
rich premiums.
 "That one certainly caught a few people by surprise here
... mergers and acquisitions of that size are usually a sign of
a healthy market and a healthy economy," said Latimer.
 The overall consumer discretionary group was up 0.66
percent.  [ID:nL3E7G91PE]
 ($1=$0.96 Canadian)
 (Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)