CANADA STOCKS-TSX pushes higher as golds gain

Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:15pm EDT
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   * TSX gains 54.32 points, or 0.41 pct, to 13,234.07
 * Golds lead rally on safe-haven buying
 * RIM could do better as two businesses - analyst
 * Couche-Tard hits record high after results top estimates
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 TORONTO, July 12 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
closed higher on Tuesday, led by gains in gold-mining issues as
the TSX reclaimed some of the previous session's steep losses.
 Persisting worry about the state of the euro zone debt
crisis kept gold-mining shares aloft through the session on
safe-haven buying. Golds led the day's heavyweight risers, but
other sectors joined in late in the session after being beaten
down earlier.
 Goldcorp (G.TO: Quote) rose 4.16 percent to C$50.86, while Barrick
Gold (ABX.TO: Quote) gained 2.23 percent to C$45.46. Kinross Gold
(K.TO: Quote) advanced 2.54 percent to C$16.17.
 Seven of the TSX index's 10 main sectors were higher, led
by a 1.78 percent rally in the influential materials group,
home to gold miners.
 "We started off wobbly because of fears over Europe, but I
think many people believe that the Europeans will not let this
event, Greece, morph into a situation where a relatively small
country overtakes the region," said Ian Nakamoto, director of
research at MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier.
 Nakamoto said Monday's almost 200-point drop was a "hiccup"
after a strong rally at the end of last month.
 The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE finished Tuesday's session 54.32 points higher, or
0.41 percent, at 13,234.07.
 The index mounted a modest rally after comments from U.S.
Federal Reserve officials suggested the possibility of more
stimulative policies. [ID:nN1E76B18T]
 But gains were pared as Moody's downgraded Ireland's credit
rating late in the session, reminding investors that Europe's
debt problems are still very present. [ID:nN1E76B1I8]
 In individual company news, Research in Motion RIM.TO
closed up 1.18 percent at C$27.52. RBC Capital Markets said the
BlackBerry maker should split itself in two to accelerate
innovation and unlock shareholder value. [ID:nN1E76B0M3]
 The call by RBC came just hours before RIM's annual
shareholder meeting in Waterloo, Ontario, on Tuesday evening.
Investors are eager for news about how the company intends to
reverse its sagging fortunes. [ID:nN1E767100]
 Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc (ATDb.TO: Quote), Canada's biggest
independent convenience store operator, posted a lower
quarterly profit but topped market estimates, sending its
shares up 6.27 percent to close at C$29.85, a record high.
 ($1=$0.97 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; editing by Peter Galloway and Rob