TORONTO - Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:
Toronto Stock Exchange (16,897.34, up 5.16 points.)
Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Basic Materials. Up 30 cents, or 4.27 per cent, to $7.32 on 13.01 million shares.
Encana Corp. Energy. (TSX:ECA). Up 24 cents, or 4.69 per cent, to $5.36 on 9.3 million shares.
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) Energy. Up $1.19, or 3.29 per cent, to $37.40 on 7.43 million shares.
Continental Gold Inc. (TSX:CNL). Mining. Up three cents, or 0.56 per cent, to $5.36 on 5.52 million shares.
Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up nine cents, or 6.62 per cent, to $1.45 on 4.86 million shares.
Royal Bank of Canada. (TSXL:RY). Financial Services. Down $2.23, or 2.08 per cent, to $104.95 on 4.73 million shares.
Companies in the news:
Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL). Consumer Defensive. Down $4.34, or about 8.85 per cent, to $44.70 on 2.37 million shares. Dollarama Inc. reported a third-quarter profit of $138.6 million or 44 cents per diluted share, up from $132.1 million or 40 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year, helped by a boost in sales. Sales for the quarter totalled $947.6 million, up from $864.3 million, and same-store sales, a key retail metric, grew 5.3 per cent.
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) Energy. Up $1.19, or 3.29 per cent, to $37.40 on 7.43 million shares. Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. said it will spend $250 million more in 2020 than it did last year to drill conventional oil wells in Alberta, which will allow it to add three rigs to drill at about 60 locations. The company linked the decision to the provincial government's recent move to exempt certain new conventional wells from the oil curtailment program it enacted last January and the province's corporate tax cuts announced last spring.
Royal Bank of Canada. (TSXL:RY). Financial Services. Down $2.23, or 2.08 per cent, to $104.95 on 4.73 million shares. Royal Bank of Canada says it expects to face a challenging environment in the coming year amid interest rate uncertainty. The bank says it believes it's well prepared to gain market share. The comments came as the bank announced a slightly lower fourth-quarter profit compared with a year ago due in part to declines at its capital markets and insurance units, as well as increased provisions for credit losses in banking, wealth management and capital markets.
Laurentian Bank of Canada. (TSX:LB). Financial Services. Down $1.33, or about 2.91 per cent, to $44.45 on roughly 471,000 shares. Laurentian Bank of Canada raised its quarterly dividend by a penny to 67 cents per share as it reported a fourth-quarter profit or $41.3 million or 90 cents per diluted share. That's down from a profit of $50.8 million or $1.13 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 4, 2019.
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