UPDATE 3-Toronto stocks inch up as energy shares rise

Fri Aug 29, 2008 5:22pm EDT
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* TSX ends little changed as energy shares rise

* Techs hit by worries over corporate spending

* Economic numbers set a sour tone (Adds details, quotes)

By Leah Schnurr

TORONTO, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index climbed slightly on Friday, lifted by energy issues that helped offset tech shares that were hurt by concerns of a weakening appetite for business spending.

Economic news set the tone early after data showed the Canadian economy had a slight 0.3 percent annual growth rate in the second quarter and narrowly escaped falling into a recession, generally defined as two quarters of decline in a row. See: [ID:nN29445075].

Technology shares were bruised by worries that the sector could falter after bellwether Dell Inc DELL.O said companies are cutting back on tech spending.

The comments helped make Research In Motion RIM.TO the biggest drag by weight on the Toronto index, as the BlackBerry-maker fell 3.1 percent to C$129.37. The group overall lost 0.4 percent.

Kate Warne, Canadian market strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis, Missouri, said that while the economic numbers set a sour tone, the limited market reaction showed investors were more interested in the outlook going forward.   Continued...