RPT-CANADA STOCKS-TSX ends sharply higher on Valeant, US data

TORONTO, March 30 (Reuters) – Toronto’s main stock index
ended sharply higher on Wednesday after encouraging U.S. jobs
data and an unsolicited bid by Valeant Pharmaceuticals
International (VRX.TO: Quote, Profile, Research) to buy Cephalon Inc (CEPH.O: Quote, Profile, Research) lifted
market sentiment.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index
(.GSPTSE: Quote, Profile, Research) unofficially ended up 153.23 points, or 1.1 percent,
at 14,083.58.
(Reporting by Claire Sibonney; editing by Peter Galloway)

RPT-CANADA STOCKS-TSX ends sharply higher on Valeant, US data