Tech Gains Boost Canada Shares

Europe and Asia markets finish mixed

Canada's benchmark TSE 300 managed to stay in the green column on Friday despite the selloff in the U.S. indices (news of a troop build-up in the Middle East hit the markets at 2:45 EDT, an added weight). The TSE 300 closed at 7739.7, up 32.8 points on the day but down 76.4 points (1.0%) on the week. Gains in Research In Motion and Nortel Networks offset losses by banks and oil and gas stocks. Standard & Poor's will look for an attempt higher next week, and thinks the trend is firmly down -- hence the risk will be for a slide back.

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