Canada Shares Make Slight Gains

Europe markets close mixed; Asia stocks tread higher

The TSE 300 enjoyed a bullish reversal Thursday (low 8047) and closed with a 16.5 point gain to 8147.7. Wednesday's fourth Fed cut continues to underpin the markets and the strong close in the U.S. indices was a support. Nortel released better than expected earnings just after the bell and this means the TSE 300 will shoot higher at Friday's open. Note Canadian CPI is due Friday at 7 a.m. EDT. The 8315 March peak (3/7) could be hit Friday.

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