CANADA STOCKS-Resources, RIM boost TSX but BMO drags

* TSX up 20.31 points, or 0.15 percent at 13,201.54

* Six of the TSX’s 10 main groups higher

* BMO down 6.53 percent at C$58.00
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By Solarina Ho

TORONTO, Dec 17 (BestGrowthStock) – Toronto’s main stock index
finished higher on Friday, bolstered by strength in resource
issues and Research In Motion (RIM.TO: ), but a retreat by Bank
of Montreal (BMO.TO: ) helped temper the gains.

Six of the TSX’s 10 main groups advanced, with materials
and energy issues climbing 0.85 percent 0.76 percent

Base-metals miner Teck Resources (TCKb.TO: ) jumped 3.9
percent to C$58.39, while uranium producer Cameco Corp (CCO.TO: )
rose 2.65 percent to C$39.94. Barrick Gold (ABX.TO: ) was up 0.77
percent at C$52.37.

Crude future ended moderately higher, buoyed by optimism
that the U.S. economic recovery was gathering steam.

Imperial Oil (IMO.TO: ), gained 1.39 percent to C$38.63 while
Talisman Energy (TLM.TO: ) added 1.7 percent to C$28.89.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index
(.GSPTSE: ) closed up 20.23 points, or 0.15 percent, at
13,201.46. The index finished down 0.29 percent on the week.

Research In Motion finished up 1.81 percent at C$60.69
after reporting quarterly earnings that topped analyst
forecasts after markets closed on Thursday [ID:nN16269441].

However, some market watchers also pointed out that shares
of the BlackBerry maker trade at a significant discount
compared with rivals south of the border, such as Apple Inc (Read more about Apple stock future.)
(AAPL.O: ) [ID:nN1794135].

“The good news is that Research In Motion is in the
smartphone business and the market for smartphones is expanding
rapidly … They’re doing a lot of things right, but they’re
still going to have that mantle of skepticism around them and
the low P/E for a while here,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio
strategist at TD Waterhouse.

Tempering the TSX’s gains was a hefty retreat by Bank of
Montreal (BMO.TO: ), which fell 6.53 percent to C$58.00 on
uncertainty over its purchase of troubled U.S. lender Marshall
& Ilsley Corp (MI.N: ) for $4.1 billion in stock. [ID:nN1744360]

“An acquisition in the U.S. is always some risk for the
banks,” said Brian Pow, vice-president, research and equity
analyst, at Acumen Capital Partners.

“We’re still not exactly certain how sound the whole U.S.
banking system is, so you never know what you’re going to get
it until you’re a year away or so. On first blush it looks like
a good acquisition,” Pow said.

($1=$1.01 Canadian)
(Reporting by Solarina Ho; editing by Rob Wilson)

CANADA STOCKS-Resources, RIM boost TSX but BMO drags