TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:
Toronto Stock Exchange (12,438.03 up 58.39 points):
Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 28 cents, or 1.83 per cent, at $15.61 on 9.1 million shares. The financials sector added 0.41 of a point, 0.21 per cent, to 197.40.
Capstone Mining Corp. (TSX:CS). Miner. Up 11 cents, or 5.14 per cent, at $2.25 on 4.9 million shares. The metals and mining sector was the leading advancer, ahead 2.41 per cent Friday while July copper gained 21 cents to US$3.31. The gold sector was slightly higher while June bullion was down $3.40 to US$1,464.20 an ounce. In commodities, the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose $1.62 to US$95.61 a barrel. The energy sector was ahead 0.69 per cent.
Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airliner. Down 18 cents, or 6.25 per cent, at $2.70 on 4.6 million shares. The company says its new low-cost carrier Rouge is on schedule for launch in July and is contributing to healthier bookings for the coming summer. “Rouge bookings are strong and launch readiness is well on track,” chief executive Calin Rovinescu said Friday during a conference call about first-quarter results. It reported a loss of $260 million, or 95 cents per share.
BlackBerry Inc. (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Down six cents, or 0.38 per cent, at $15.77 on 4.4 million shares. BlackBerry users have been hit with yet another a service outage. The company says its technical teams have addressed the problem and services are returning to normal levels. However, it did not say how widespread the problem was or how many users were affected, and representatives for the company would not confirm any details.
Champion Iron Mines Ltd. (TSX:CHM). Miner. Up 2.5 cents, or 11.11 per cent, at 25 cents on 3.9 million.
Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ). Miner. Down 52 cents, or 12.29 per cent, at $3.71 on 3.9 million shares. On Thursday, the tailings dike at its Casa Berardi gold mine in Quebec suffered a breach. Aurizon says most of the material in the tailings pond remained inside the containment area and that there had been no further discharges.
Toronto Venture Exchange (964.68 up 1.87 points):
Blue Note Mining Inc. (TSXV:BNT). Miner. Unchanged at half-a-cent on 10.2 million shares.
Colorado Resources Ltd. (TSXV:CXO). Oil and gas. Up 16 cents, or 17.98 per cent, at $1.05 on 4.1 million shares.
Companies reporting major news:
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ): Oil and gas. Up 10 cents, or 0.34 per cent, at $29.57 on a 2.6 million shares. The company says an expansion to its Horizon oilsands mine is currently 10 per cent under budget as contractors and service providers compete for work in the Fort McMurray, Alta., region. “The availability of construction contractors and related services has been better than expected,” president Steve Laut told analysts on a conference call Friday to discuss the company’s first-quarter earnings ($213 million or 19 cents per share, revenue of $4.1 billion).
Rona Inc. (TSX:RON): Home renovation retailer. Up 23 cents, or 2.27 per cent, at $10.38 on 755,150 shares. It has hired retail industry veteran Alain Brisebois to be its chief commercial officer. Brisebois, who will also hold the title of executive vice-president at Rona, is being brought on board to improve the struggling home improvement retailer’s operational efficiency and to develop synergy between its purchasing, merchandising, procurement and marketing activities.