CANADA STOCKS-TSX shrugs off election, but RIM dents gains

Fri Mar 25, 2011 4:53pm EDT
 
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 * TSX ends up 10.02 points, or 0.07 pct, at 14,039.39
 * Seven of 10 main sectors higher
 * RIM shares fall more than 10 percent
 (Updates to close, adds details, quotes)
 By Claire Sibonney
 TORONTO, March 25 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
shrugged off the fall of Canada's Conservative government on
Friday and nudged higher as stronger resource shares offset a
plunge in Research In Motion RIM.TO.
 RIM tumbled more than 10 percent to C$55.78 after the
BlackBerry maker warned that heavy spending on its PlayBook
tablet launch would drag on earnings.  [ID:nN25234112]
 Opposition parties brought down the minority Conservative
government in Parliament on Friday, setting the scene for an
early May election that polls indicate the Conservatives would
win. [ID:nN25229687]
 "The market is really anticipating the status quo," said
Youssef Zohny, portfolio manager at Van Arbor Asset Management
in Vancouver.
 He said the only real surprise would be a Liberal-New
Democratic Party coalition government after the election. "That
would definitely be negative on the energy sector," he added,
noting possible changes in regulation and taxation.
 The index's energy sector was the lead gainer on Friday, up
0.8 percent, despite a dip on oil prices, as bargain hunters
rushed in to buy beaten-down shares following a recent decline.
Suncor Energy (SU.TO: Quote) rose 0.9 percent to C$44.12 and Cenovus
Energy (CVE.TO: Quote) advanced 2 percent to C$37.69
 Fertilizer producers helped the index's materials sector,
which rose 0.3 percent. Potash Corp (POT.TO: Quote) jumped nearly 3
percent to C$56.12 after Chicago Board of Trade corn futures
rose on news of a large sale of U.S. corn that was likely bound
for China. Agrium Inc (AGU.TO: Quote) also rose, climbing 0.9 percent
to C$87.77.
 The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE closed up 10.02 points, or 0.07 percent, at 14,039.39
after rallying as high as 14,130.41 earlier in the session.
Seven of the index's 10 sectors were stronger
 Zohny said investors likely cut risks as the weekend neared
due to continued uncertainty over the euro zone crisis, Middle
East turmoil, and the nuclear crisis in Japan.
 ($1=$0.98 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Claire Sibonney; editing by Peter Galloway)