December 21, 2017 / 2:48 PM / 3 months ago

TSX gains as energy, bank stocks gain, BlackBerry pulls back

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index ended slightly higher on Thursday, boosted by energy companies as well as gains among big banks and some miners, while BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO) pulled back after a sharp jump.

FILE PHOTO - A sign board displaying Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) stock information is seen in Toronto June 23, 2014. Canada's main stock index was little changed on Monday as weakness in financial and energy shares offset gains in the materials sector. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

- The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE rose 22.96 points, or 0.14 percent, to 16,182.63.

- Half of its 10 main groups rose, with advancers barely outnumbering decliners overall.

- The energy group climbed 1.4 percent, with Encana Corp (ECA.TO) up 3.4 percent at C$15.98 and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd (CNQ.TO) adding 1.2 percent to C$44.41.

- Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd (NDM.TO) rose 3.6 percent to C$2.30 after saying it will apply for federal and state permits on Friday for its Pebble mine in Alaska.

- The materials group, which includes precious and base metals miners and fertilizer companies, added 0.1 percent.

- BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO) fell 3.6 percent to C$15.03 a day after surging on the back of its quarterly earnings.

    - The heavyweight financials group gained 0.2 percent, as bonds yields rose after strong inflation and retail sales data. Toronto-Dominion bank (TD.TO) gained 0.5 percent to C$72.85 and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM.TO) added 1 percent to C$123.48.

    - Cogeco Communications Inc (CCA.TO) rose 2.2 percent to C$88.97 and Dream Office Real Estate Investment Trust (D_u.TO) declined 4.2 percent to C$21.55 after TD Securities upgraded Cogeco and downgraded Dream Office.

    - Cable and telecom company Quebecor Inc (QBRb.TO) rose 1.0 percent to C$23.72 after Desjardins raised it to a “buy”.

    - Paramount Resources Ltd (POU.TO) rose 7 percent to C$19.37 after announcing a share buyback plan.

    Reporting by Alastair Sharp; Editing by David Gregorio and Chizu Nomiyama

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