TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:
Toronto Stock Exchange (12,202.85 up 62.52 points):
Research In Motion (TSX:RIM). Wireless technology. Up 48 cents, or 4.36 per cent, at $11.48 on 8,725,007 shares. New York-based Goldman Sachs upgraded RIM to buy from neutral based on the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, which will be unveiled at the end of January. The bump comes one day after the stock fell, then rose, after Nokia Corp. asked courts in several countries to uphold a Swedish arbitrator’s ruling that could prevent RIM from using certain patented wireless technology.
TORC Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSX:TOG). Oil and gas. Down seven cents, or 2.83 per cent, at $2.40 on 8,001,330 shares.
Twin Butte Energy Ltd. (TSX:TBE). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.70 per cent, at $2.83 on 5,473,316 shares.
Centamin PLC (TSX:CEE). Miner. Up five cents, or 5.62 per cent, at 94 cents on 5,459,283 shares. The metals and mining sector rose 1.04 per cent to 937.49 points.
Telus Corp. (TSX:T). Telecommunications. Up 19 cents, or 0.30 per cent, at $64.57 on 12,398,138 shares. Telecommunications sector increased 0.62 per cent to 110.69 points.
Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 21 cents, or 1.66 per cent, at $12.83 on 4,201,755 shares. The financial sector was up 0.80 point at 186.82 points.
TSX Venture Exchange (1,218.38 up 13.01 points):
Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas. Up five cents, or 3.05 per cent, at $1.69 on 9,911,765 shares. The Calgary-based company climbed for a second day in a row after it booked third-quarter profit of $4.6 million, more than double its year-earlier profit of $1.7 million or a penny per share. Revenue jumped 60 per cent to $21 million. The company has agreed to merge with Spartan Oil Corp. (TSX:STO), subject to shareholders’ approval in January.
Americas Petrogas Inc. (TSXV:BOE). Oil and gas explorer. Up eight cents, or five per cent, at $1.68 on 4,567,600 shares.
Companies reporting major news:
Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Up three cents, or 1.69 per cent, at $1.80 on 281,136 shares. The Montreal-based company will introduce a direct service next summer to Istanbul, Turkey and will use two new Boeing 777 aircraft to expand its reach into the Asia-Pacific market.
Gildan Activewear (TSX:GIL). Apparel. Up 89 cents, or 2.69 per cent, at $33.98 on 1,002,360 shares. The maker of T-shirts, socks and other clothing is expanding its U.S. production for the first time by investing US$85 million on yarn-spinning facilities in southern states. The company made the announcement as it posted fourth-quarter profits jumped to $89 million from $48.5 million. Net sales increased to $561.6 million from $481.6 million.
The Royal Bank (TSX:RY). Bank. Up 26 cents, or 0.45 per cent, at $58.61 on 2,465,303 shares. The first of Canada’s big banks to report booked a record full-year profit, which includes $1.9 billion in the fourth quarter compared with $1.57 billion in the same 2011 period. Total revenue was $7.5 billion, up from $6.7 billion. The boost in the recently-concluded quarter came from personal and commercial banking business earnings which topped $1 billion.