Nexen, Pembina Pipeline, Potash Corp.: Canadian Equity Preview

Shares of the following companies may have unusual moves in Canadian trading.

Alliance Grain Traders Inc. (AGT CT): The company, which calls itself the world’s largest lentil and pea splitter, had its rating raised to “sector outperform” from “sector perform” by Christine Healy, an analyst at Bank of Nova Scotia.

Centerra Gold Inc. (CG CN): The company, which mines in Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia, decided to exercise an option to increase its interest in the Kara Beldyr joint venture in Russia to 70 percent by spending a further $4 million on exploration on the property over a two-year period.

Farallon Mining Ltd. (FAN CT): The zinc producer with operations in Mexico said Nyrstar NV has agreed to offer 80 cents a share in cash for the company in a friendly takeover bid. Farallon shares closed unchanged at 65 cents a share before the announcement.

Great Basin Gold Ltd. (GBG CN): The company, which explores for gold in South Africa and the U.S., posted a third-quarter loss excluding some items that was wider than the average analyst estimate.

Magma Energy Corp. (MXY CT): The geothermal energy producer said it earned 5 cents a share in the first quarter. Steven Li, an analyst at Raymond James Financial Inc., and Jeremy Mersereau, an analyst at National Bank of Canada, had estimated the company would earn 1 cent a share, excluding certain items.

Nexen Inc. (NXY CT): Executives from the oil and gas company with operations on five continents are making presentations to investors beginning at in Calgary.

Pembina Pipeline Corp. (PPL CT): The transporter of oil and gas in western Canada said it will sell at least C$250 million ($248 million) of debt that can be converted into stock.

Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. (POT CT): The world’s largest fertilizer producer by market value may move after OAO PhosAgro of Moscow said it is seeking talks with the Canadian government about a potential bid for the company. The government rejected BHP Billiton Ltd.’s $40 billion bid as not having a net benefit to Canada.

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