CANADA STOCKS-TSX follows commodities, Bombardier higher

Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:09am EDT
 
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   * TSX up 62.49 points, or 0.44 pct, at 14,146.08
 * Five of the index's 10 main groups higher
 * Bombardier surges more than 11 percent
 (Updates with details, comment)
 By Solarina Ho
 TORONTO, March 31 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
climbed higher on Thursday, buoyed by rising commodity prices
and positive news from aircraft maker Bombardier Inc.
 Bombardier BBDb.TO soared 11.11 percent to C$7.00, and
was among the most influential gainers. The company reported an
82 percent jump in fourth-quarter earnings as business jet
orders picked up dramatically and it announced a $278 million
contract for new trains.
 The overall industrials sector led advances with a 1.49
percent rise. [ID:nL3E7EV1SN]
 The materials group, home to mining companies, rose 0.91
percent as gold prices firmed. Barrick Gold ABX.TO was up
1.26 percent at C$50.71 while Yamana Gold YRI.TO gained 1.17
percent to C$12.11.
 Gold tracked 1 percent higher as weakness in the U.S.
dollar, debt worries in the euro zone and violence across the
Middle East and North Africa drove investors toward the safe
haven metal. [GOL/]
 Oil and gas stocks gained 0.51 percent, with Suncor Energy
SU.TO climbing 1.52 percent to C$44.03 and Canadian Natural
Resources CNQ.TO rising 0.94 percent to C$48.44.
 Energy firms found support in stronger crude prices, which
rose on heightened concerns over supply from the Middle East
amid ongoing turmoil in the region. [O/R]
 At 10:25 a.m. (1425 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's
S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was ahead 62.49 points, or
0.44 percent, at 14,146.08. Five of the index's 10 main groups
advanced.
 "Today's all about commodities recovering after having a
selloff most of this week," said Barry Schwartz, vice-president
and portfolio manager at Baskin Financial Services.
 "Pretty bullish feelings out there, because the economy is
showing such strong output. Each time we get these outside
shocks, these geopolitical events, it doesn't seem to have any
effect on the rally."
 Schwartz noted that upbeat economic indicators out of the
United States, Canada's biggest trading partner, outweighed the
impact of healthy domestic data. [ID:nN31253973]
 Canada's gross domestic product figures, released early on
Thursday, showed manufacturing grew at its fastest rate in
eight years and helped boost the overall economy by 0.5
percent. [ID:nN31251300].
 "That being said of course, as Canada continues to put out
these terrific economic numbers, this may make foreign
investors look into Canadian companies, maybe taking them over,
or getting a foothold into Canada, which would be very good not
only for the stock market but also for our economy."
  Capping some of the gains was a skid by diversified miner
Teck Resources TCKb.TO, which fell 1.4 percent to C$52.00.
 Concerns over slackening demand in China are driving copper
prices lower, even as the metal looks to strengthen over the
long term on tightening supply. [MET/L]
 ($1=$0.97 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Solarina Ho; editing by Rob Wilson)