March 30, 2011 / 8:09 PM / in 7 years

CANADA STOCKS-TSX ends sharply higher on Valeant, US data

TORONTO, March 30 (Reuters) - Toronto’s main stock index ended sharply higher on Wednesday after encouraging U.S. jobs data and an unsolicited bid by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX.TO) to buy Cephalon Inc CEPH.O lifted market sentiment.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE unofficially ended up 153.23 points, or 1.1 percent, at 14,083.58. (Reporting by Claire Sibonney; editing by Peter Galloway)

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