TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:
Toronto Stock Exchange (12,732.39 up 71.95 points):
B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Unchanged at $3.17 on 17,304,683 shares.
Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up 10 cents, or 2.49 per cent, at $4.11 on 6,995,616 shares.
BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Up 12 cents, or 0.89 per cent, at $13.58 on 5,040,757 shares. The information technology sector was up 0.91 per cent at 28.86 points.
Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas services. Down 25 cents, or 1.88 per cent, at $13.02 on 4,705,548 shares. A weaker U.S. activity level and a significant drop in revenue in Canada pushed the oil and gas services provider in the red in the fourth quarter. Trican posted a loss of $7.7 million or five cents per share, reversing its profit of $114.9 million or 78 cents per share last year. Revenue plunged 30 per cent to $485.9 million.
Dundee Precious Metals Inc. (TSX:DPM). Miner. Up 15 cents, or 1.96 per cent, at $7.81 on 4,361,714 shares. The metals and mining sector was up 0.95 per cent at 910.08 points.
Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT). Mining technology. Down 27 cents, or 13.64 per cent, at $1.71 on 4,091,440 shares.
TSX Venture Exchange (1,131.12 down 0.79 point):
Midlands Minerals Corp. (TSX:MEX). Gold explorer. Up half a cent, or 100 per cent, at a penny on 5,964,000 shares.
Goldex Resources Corp. (TSX:GDX). Miner. Down half a cent, or 33.33 per cent, at a penny on 4,358,900 shares.
Companies reporting major news:
First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Up 40 cents, or 2.12 per cent, at $19.27 on 1,314,516 shares. The Vancouver-based miner has extended its $5.1-billion takeover offer for Inmet Mining Corp. (TSX:IMN) to March 11. Its offer is set to expire Wednesday. First Quantum “reconfirmed” its offer to the Inmet board after it had a chance to look at its books.
Sears Canada Inc. (TSX:SCC). Retail. Down 45 cents, or 4.84 per cent, at $8.85 on 104,217 shares. Fourth-quarter profits remained steady compared with a year earlier as one-time items offset a decline in sales during the holiday shopping season. Sears booked a profit of $39.9 million, nearly unchanged from a year-ago at $41 million. Per share equivalents for both periods was 39 cents while revenue fell by $60 million to under $1.3 billion.
Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S). Miner. Down 35 cents, or 6.14 per cent, at $5.35 on 1,484,938 shares. A $10.9-million writeoff pushed the Toronto-based miner in the red in the fourth quarter. Sherritt posted a $17.2 million loss or six cents per share in the September-December period, reversing year-ago profits of $28.1 million or 10 cents per share. Revenue slipped 13 per cent as it received lower prices for the commodities it produces, but came in slightly above analyst estimates.