CANADA STOCKS-TSX climbs on strong resources; RIM drags

Fri Jun 25, 2010 2:12pm EDT
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*TSX up 78.97 points at 11,749.15

*Eight of its 10 main groups higher

*RIM down nearly 10 pct after quarterly results (Updates to afternoon, adds quote)

By Jennifer Kwan

TORONTO, June 25 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index climbed on Friday afternoon as strong oil and gold prices pushed up its resource sectors, overcoming weakness in the shares of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion RIM.TO.

Oil prices surged toward $79 a barrel on concerns that a tropical disturbance in the Caribbean Sea may develop into a storm and threaten Gulf of Mexico production. [O/R]

At the same time, bullion prices rose on financial market uncertainty as investors awaited the outcome of the weekend summit of Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies in Toronto. [GOL/]

Oil company Suncor Energy Inc SU.TO was up 0.5 percent at C$48.32. Among gold producers, Barrick Gold ABX.TO was up 3.8 percent at C$48.32, and Goldcorp G.TO rose 2.7 percent to C$47.34.

"There is a lot of uncertainty about the long term outlook for currencies," said Elvis Picardo, analyst and strategist at Global Securities in Vancouver, noting recent focus on euro zone debt concerns. "Investors are gravitating to gold as a safe haven from the turmoil in some of the major currencies."   Continued...