CANADA STOCKS-TSX higher on energy issues, Potash

Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:48am EST
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 * TSX rises 0.8 percent to 11,554.84
 * Potash up after Goldman adds to conviction buy list
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 By Irene Kuan
 TORONTO, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index rose
on Monday morning as stronger oil prices lifted the weighty
energy sector, while Potash Corp of Saskatchewan POT.TO also
contributed to the gains.
 Potash Corp was the top gainer on the index, up 3 percent
at C$115.30, after Goldman Sachs had added the fertilizer maker
to its conviction buy list. [ID:nSGE5BK0DN]
 "They (Goldman Sachs) feel that in 2010 that the
agricultural stocks will do quite well. I also feel that way,"
said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at MacDougall,
MacDougall & MacTier.
 Oil prices held firm above $73 a barrel on Monday after a 1
percent rise in the previous session, while base metal prices
were also higher, helping boost mining shares. [O/R] [MET/L]
 Canadian Natural Resources CNQ.TO rose 1.6 percent to
C$72.46, while Suncor Energy SU.TO was up 1.3 percent at
C$36.22. First Quantum Minerals FM.TO climbed 2.1 to
 At 10:16 a.m. (1516 GMT), the S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE was up 91.44 points, or 0.8 percent, at 11,554.84
 ($1=$1.06 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Irene Kuan; editing by Rob Wilson)