CANADA STOCKS-TSX powers higher on EnCana; up 2.1 pct on week

Fri Sep 11, 2009 4:35pm EDT
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 * TSX rises 98.23 points to 11,253.23
 * Touches highest level since Oct. 3
 * EnCana powers gain with 7.8 pct rise
 * TSX ends week with 2.1 percent gain
 (Adds details, comments and official numbers)
 TORONTO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
closed higher on Friday after touching its highest level in
nearly a year, driven up by EnCana Corp (ECA.TO: Quote) on news of its
plan to split the company.
 EnCana shares were given a boost as the company filled in
details of its revived plan to split itself into separate oil
sands and natural gas businesses. [nN11446303]
 The news helped hand the energy group a 2.59 percent gain,
best among all the TSX's sectors, as it managed to shrug off a
slide of nearly 4 percent in U.S. crude prices. [O/R]
 Shares of EnCana ended up 7.8 percent at C$63.52, followed
by Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ.TO: Quote), which exited the
session with a gain of 3.5 percent to C$70.21.
 "Lately, the market has been going up so it looks like
investors are going to continue with that trend to either buy
on dips or or continue to move the market up, but it doesn't
look like they are in any mood to sell," said Ian Nakamoto,
director of research at MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier. "But
EnCana had a big play on the move today."
 The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE rose 98.23 points, or
0.88 percent, to 11,253.23, even though six of its 10 main
groups ended lower. Earlier in the session the index rose as
high as 11,283.31, its best level since Oct. 3.
 For the week, the TSX ended up 2.1 percent.
 ($1=$1.08 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Frank Pingue)