Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets

TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:

Toronto Stock Exchange (12,373.30 down 36.04 points):

B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down 11 cents, or 4.47 per cent, at $2.35 on 9.29 million shares. The gold sector led the losers on the main index, dropping 5.25 per cent to 197.11 points. The price of the August bullion slid US$32.80 to $1,383 per ounce.

Perseus Mining Ltd. (TSX:PRU). Miner. Down eight cents, or 7.69 per cent, at 96 cents on 8.65 million shares.

Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Up a penny, or 0.44 per cent, at $2.27 on 4.19 million shares.

Uranium One Inc. (TSX:UUU). Miner. Down a penny, or 0.36 per cent, at $2.76 on 3.99 million shares.

Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Plane and train maker. Unchanged at $4.92 on 3.65 million shares.

Toronto Venture Exchange (951.40 down 0.02 point):

EastCoal Inc. (TSXV:ECX). Coal miner. Unchanged at two cents on 9.11 million shares. The Vancouver-based company closed a $7.7 million private placement, with proceeds to be used for capital expenditures, debt payments and to consolidate the group’s working capital position.

Porto Energy Corp. (TSXV:PEC). Oil and gas. Up two cents, or 66.67 per cent, at five cents on 3.44 million shares.

Company reporting major news:

Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Up 17 cents, or 0.28 per cent, at $59.99 on 2.97 million shares. Canada’s biggest bank says it will hike its mortgage rates in the range of one-tenth to two-tenths of a point, depending on the type of mortgage.