TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:
Toronto Stock Exchange (12,821.83 up 89.44 points):
Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY). Oil and gas. Up 11 cents, or 0.39 per cent, at $28.29 on 8,863,821 shares. The energy sector rose 1.14 per cent to 254.10 points. Earlier in the week, Chinese state-owned firm CNOOC Ltd. completed its $15.1-billion takeover of Nexen.
Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 22 cents, or 2.73 per cent, at $7.85 on 6,661,636 shares. The gold sector was the biggest drag on the main index, falling 1.34 per cent at 255.99 points as price of the bullion plunged US$17.60 to $1,578.10 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Its the second double-digit drop for the precious commodity.
Katanga Mining Ltd. (TSX:KAT). Unchanged at 79 cents on 6,091,602 shares.
BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Up 40 cents, or 2.95 per cent, at $13.98 on 5,620,040 shares. Up 40 cents, or 2.95 per cent, at $13.98 on 5,620,040 shares.
B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down five cents, or 1.58 per cent, at $3.12 on 4,699,194 shares.
Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT). Mining technology. Up nine cents, or 5.26 per cent, at $1.80 on 3,863,850 shares.
TSX Venture Exchange (1,133.36 up 2.24 points):
CGX Energy Inc. (TSXV:OYL). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 13.79 per cent, at 12.5 cents on 5,242,309 shares.
Brilliant Resources Inc. (TSXV:BLT). Mine developer. Up a penny, or 18.18 per cent, at 6.5 cents on 5,186,000 shares.
Companies reporting major news:
CIBC (TSX:CM). Bank. Down 74 cents, or 0.88 per cent, at $83.14 on 2,751,229 shares. First quarter earnings slid to $798 million as CIBC booked a $148-million loss from the settlement of a contract dispute linked to the collapse of Lehman Bros. in 2008. The profit amounted to 94 cents per share compared with $835 million or 90 cents per share it earned in the same 2012 period. Overall revenue was up at $3.18 billion from $3.16 billion. Out of the big banks that reported, it is the only one that didn’t hike its dividend and it is also the lone bank to report year-to-year decline in profit.
George Weston (TSX:WN). Bakery and grocery. Up 92 cents, or 1.25 per cent, at $74.55 on 89,430 shares. Fourth-quarter net income slid 40 per cent amid restructuring and other charges aimed at shoring up its competitive position. Net earnings attributable to shareholders dropped to $65 million or 43 cents per share from $109 million or 77 cents per share in the same 2011 period. Revenue was up 1.2 per cent to nearly $7.73 billion.
Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Up 54 cents, or 0.85 per cent, at $64.02 on 3,769,159 shares. Canada’s biggest bank boosted its dividend by five per cent to 63 cents per share, its fourth hike in the past four years. First-quarter profit totalled $2.07 million or $1.36 per share, up from year-ago’s $1.86 billion or $1.22 per share. Revenue increased $7.9 billion from $7.57 billion.
TD Bank Group (TSX:TD). Bank. Up 56 cents, or 0.66 per cent, at $84.85 on 2,460,788 shares. The bank boosted its payout by four cents to 81 cents after it reported better first-quarter results compared to the same 2011 period. TD’s profit before adjustment totalled $1.79 billion or $1.86 per share versus $1.48 billion or $1.55 per share. Revenue grew to $5.97 billion from $5.64 billion.