Canadian Shares Climb Ahead of Fed Meeting

Europe shares end mixed; Asia markets climb higher

Canadian stocks closed higher, led by Nortel (NT ), banks and other stocks that should benefit from the 50 basis-point cut in U.S. rates seen at conclusion of Fed's policy meeting Wednesday. The Toronto Stock Exchange 300 index rose 144.01 to 9302.20, easily recouping Friday's 25.20-point loss. The S&P/TSE 60 rose 9.74 to 553.92. Breadth was 741-447 positive; gains in the financial services and industrial production sectors were offset by drops in commodity stocks. Government of Canada bonds were mixed. March Canadian $ settled higher at 66.60 cents vs. US$. March crude oil settled down $0.71 at $29.06. February gold settled down $0.10 at $262.80.

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