CANADA STOCKS-TSX rallies broadly, RIM lifted by Google deal

Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:32pm EDT
 
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 *TSX ends up 141.41 points, or 1.13 pct, at 12,683.61
 *All 10 sectors higher, highest close since Aug. 3
 *RIM surges 10 percent on Google, Motorola deal
 (Updates to close, adds details, quotes)
 By Claire Sibonney
 TORONTO, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
rallied to its highest close in more than a week on Monday,
driven by bargain-hunting, optimism over the euro zone debt
crisis and acquisition activity on both sides of the border.
 BlackBerry maker Research In Motion RIM.TO surged nearly
10 percent to C$26.59, moving into the spotlight as a potential
takeover target after news that Google GOOG.O is set to buy
Motorola Mobility for about $12.5 billion in cash.
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 "We saw a fairly aggressive acquisition by Google in the
handset sector so that's definitely giving RIM a bit of a boost
... potentially it puts them on the radar for a potential
acquisition," said Youssef Zohny, portfolio manager at Van
Arbor Asset Management in Vancouver.
 "It's putting pressure on Microsoft and Apple and other
tech companies to look at a lot of assets in that sector, and
definitely RIM has been beaten up over the last few months and
there's definitely some value there."
 Energy shares climbed 1.5 percent as oil prices jumped
nearly $2 a barrel on a broad rebound in risk appetite, partly
driven by expectations that European leaders will come up with
solutions to the region's debt crisis. [O/R]
 Among them, Suncor Energy SU.TO rose 1.7 percent to
C$32.43, and Canadian Natural Resources CNQ.TO added 1.5
percent to C$36.88.
 "I think things have just settled down, they've had such a
precipitous drop," said Greg Eckel, portfolio manager at Morgan
Meighen & Associates.
 "I think what's happening now in that the catastrophic news
flow has for now somewhat diminished, so I think you're
starting to see a little more comfort, what hopefully is some
bottom fishing and can carry the market up a few points."
 The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE closed up 141.41 points, or 1.13 percent, at
12,683.61, its highest finish since Aug. 3. All of the index's
10 sectors were stronger, including financials, up 1.4 percent,
as recently battered Manulife Financial MFC.TO jumped 4.2
percent to C$13.73.
 Toronto-Dominion Bank TD.TO was also a top gainer, up 1.3
percent at C$76.88 after announcing a deal to buy MBNA Canada's
credit card business. [nN1E77E06U]
 Helping to boost confidence and commodity prices, data
showed the Japanese economy shrank much less than expected in
the second quarter as companies made strides in restoring
output after the earthquake in March. [nL3E7JF00H]
 U.S. data, however, was still disappointing for the market
with a report showing manufacturing in the New York area
contracting for a third straight month in August.
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 ($1=$0.99 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Claire Sibonney; editing by Peter Galloway)