Tech Strength Lifts Canadian Stocks
Canadian stocks closed higher on good earnings reports from high techs, as well as U.S. economic reports supporting expectations for further rate cuts. The TSE 300 Index rose 135.40 to 8879.40 on strength in Industrial Products, led by an 8% gain in Nortel. Upside was restrained by losses in Oil & Gas after OPEC announced a 1.5 million b/d production cut, in line with expectations. Utilities also fell as the California power crisis worsens.
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