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* TSX ends down 22.96 points, or 0.14 percent, to 16,182.63
* Half of the TSX’s 10 main groups move higher
By Alastair Sharp
TORONTO, Dec 21 (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 pulled back after a sharp jump.
* The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index 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 up 3.4 percent at C$15.98 and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd adding 1.2 percent to C$44.41.
* Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd 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 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 gained 0.5 percent to C$72.85 and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce added 1 percent to C$123.48.
* Cogeco Communications Inc rose 2.2 percent to C$88.97 and Dream Office Real Estate Investment Trust declined 4.2 percent to C$21.55 after TD Securities upgraded Cogeco and downgraded Dream Office.
* Cable and telecom company Quebecor Inc rose 1.0 percent to C$23.72 after Desjardins raised it to a “buy”.
* Paramount Resources Ltd rose 7 percent to C$19.37 after announcing a share buyback plan. (Reporting by Alastair Sharp; Editing by David Gregorio and Chizu Nomiyama)