CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises on ABCP plan hopes, RIM outlook

Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:38pm EST
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*TSX gains 1.5 percent

*RIM rallies after outlook, financials up on ABCP hopes

*Gains muted by tax-loss selling, U.S. bailout reaction (Adds comments, details, official closing data)

By Wojtek Dabrowski

TORONTO, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index ended 1.5 percent higher on Friday as fresh hopes for a restructuring of the frozen nonbank asset backed commercial paper market boosted financial shares, and as BlackBerry maker Research In Motion RIM.TORIMM.O rose in wake of a strong sales outlook.

Eight of the index's 10 main groups gained, including the heavyweight energy and materials sectors, which added 0.52 percent and 1.81 percent, respectively. Financials gained 1.26 percent.

However, the session's rise was muted by tax-loss selling ahead of the yearend, as well as investors' lukewarm reception to the $17.4 billion U.S. automaker bailout.

"That's a bit of a positive, but then you don't know how tough that thing is going to be," Brant Securities stock broker Sal Masionis said of the auto lifeline. "An automotive bailout is like almost an endless pit."

RIM led the market in net gains, adding C$6.59, or 14.1 percent, to end at C$53.32. The jump came a day after the company delivered a fourth-quarter outlook that topped analysts' expectations and said December's holiday sales of its smartphones have been very strong.   Continued...