March 15, 2018 / 4:36 PM / 9 months ago

BUZZ-BlackBerry Ltd: CEO John Chen's contract extension pushes shares up

** Canadian software company’s U.S.-listed shares up as much as 3.7 pct at $13.27, touch a 1-1/2 month high

** Company’s Canadian stock up 3.6 pct at C$17.18

** Co extends contract of CEO John Chen, who joined in Nov 2013, by five years through November 2023

** Co says Chen’s base salary, short-term cash incentive and benefits to remain unchanged

** U.S. stock up ~18 pct this year; gained two-fold since Chen’s appointment (Reporting by Anirban Paul)

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