CANADA STOCKS-Potash Corp takeover speculation lifts TSX

Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:09pm EDT
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 TORONTO, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
finished higher on Monday, pushed up by speculation that Potash
Corp of Saskatchewan (POT.TO: Quote) could be taken over, and by
firmer commodity prices.
 The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE unofficially closed
up 39.43 points, or 0.34 percent, at 11,544.19.
 Potash Corp led all notable advancers after a Bank of
America Merrill Lynch research report touted the idea that
mining giant BHP Billiton (BHP.AX: Quote) (BLT.L: Quote) could afford to make
an all-cash takeover bid for the world's largest fertilizer
maker. [ID:nN19132987]. Potash rose 5.5 percent to finish at
 ($1=$1.03 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; editing by Peter Galloway)