CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open higher as earnings boost sentiment

Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:21am EDT
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 TORONTO, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
could open higher on Friday, riding momentum from a rally in
global stocks overnight, on hopes that corporate profitability
has stabilized and the economic recovery is gathering pace.
 Solid earnings from several U.S. companies on Thursday
helped to boost investor sentiment and trigger a greater
appetite for riskier assets like equities.
 But the TSX's heavy weighting in energy shares could cap
any gain as the price of oil edged back toward $81 barrel after
hitting a 1-year high earlier this week.
 The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE finished 91.35
points higher, or 0.8 percent, at 11,533.37 on Thursday.
 Here is some news that could affect the market:
 Contract electronics maker Celestica Inc posted a marginal
quarterly loss on Thursday, blaming restructuring charges and
soft demand in what it said was a challenging and volatile
environment. [ID:nN2236704]
 Canadian fertilizer maker Agrium Inc said it expects
third-quarter earnings to fall 90 percent to 95 percent from a
year ago, hurt by lower prices and margins for crop nutrients.
 Transportation and logistics provider TransForce Inc posted
a 36 percent drop in third-quarter profit, as weak demand in
Alberta's energy sector hurt its revenue. [ID:nBNG13389]
 Spot gold held firm on Friday, supported by expectations
that further dollar weakness could spur bullion to record
highs. [GOL/]
 Following is a summary of research actions on Canadian
companies reported by Reuters. For more, please double click
 * Blackmont raises Trinidad Drilling Ltd TDG.TO to
"outperform" rating.
 * Blackmont raises Calfrac Well Services Ltd CFW.TO to
"outperform" rating.
 * Raymond James, Blackmont and Macquarie all raise price
targets on Precision Drilling Trust PD_u.TO.
 ($1=$1.05 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Frank Pingue; Editing by Padraic Cassidy)