CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises as Encana deal powers oils higher

Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:17pm EST
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   * TSX up 56.27 points, or 0.41 percent, at 13,840.57
 * Encana deal helps spur energy sector rally
 * Manulife, BCE fall after results disappoint
 * Five of the 10 main groups advance
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 By Solarina Ho
 TORONTO, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index rose
on Thursday as a major Chinese investment in Canada's natural
gas sector helped boost energy shares, overcoming disappointing
results from several blue chips.
 Energy issues rebounded from a four-day decline as Encana
Corp ECA.TO jumped 4.47 percent to C$32.02 on news of its
C$5.4 billion deal to sell a stake in a British Columbia shale
gas project to state oil company PetroChina 0857.HK.
 "What it underscores is the fact that companies and
countries looking for resource exposure and resources to fill
their needs going forward are looking to Canada," said Bob
Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Securities.
 "That will likely augur well for the resource sector going
 Suncor Energy SU.TO climbed 1.58 percent to C$41.13,
while Canadian Natural Resources CNQ.TO rose 1.84 percent to
C$44.22. The overall energy group rose 1.19 percent, despite
lackluster movement in oil prices. [O/R]
 The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE reversed earlier losses to finish up 56.27 points, or
0.41 percent, at 13,840.57.
 Five of the TSX's 10 main groups made gains. Research In
Motion RIM.TO rose 5.5 percent to C$66.70 to help the overall
tech sector advance 0.79 percent.
 The heavyweight financials group rose 0.3 percent, with
Bank of Nova Scotia BNS.TO ahead 1.95 percent at C$59.19.
 Disappointing earnings kept the gains in check, however,
with blue-chip companies Manulife Financial MFC.TO and
Thomson Reuters TRI.TO, and BCE BCE.TO leading declines.
 Manulife slumped 5.13 percent to C$17.95. The insurer's
profit more than doubled from a year earlier in the fourth
quarter, and rebounded from a steep third-quarter loss, but it
failed to live up to the market's lofty expectations.
 Thomson Reuters fell 2.68 percent to close at C$39.96. Its
quarterly earnings fell short of market forecasts as heavy
investment in new products weighed on operating margins,
although the company said it expects revenue to pick up in
2011. [ID:nN09100522]
 Telecom provider BCE was off 1.23 percent at C$36.14 after
its results came in slightly below expectations.
 ($1=$1.00 Canadian)
 (With additional reporting by Claire Sibonney, Ka Yan Ng and
Jeffrey Hodgson; editing by Peter Galloway)