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Mar 31, 2014

BlackBerry revenue plunges 64 percent, shares drop

TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd reported a smaller-than-expected loss on Friday as new chief executive John Chen slashed costs, but a 64 percent drop in revenue underscored the challenge Chen faces in turning around the struggling smartphone maker.

The Canadian company, which has lost most of the smartphone market to Apple Inc’s iPhone and gadgets powered by Google Inc’s Android operating system, has laid off thousands and agreed to sell most of its real estate.

Mar 28, 2014

BlackBerry posts smaller-than-expected loss; shares rise

TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd reported a much smaller-than-expected quarterly loss on Friday, sending its shares up nearly 7 percent, even as its smartphone sales continued to slide.

The company said its net loss was $423 million, or 80 cents a share, for the fourth quarter ended March 1. That compared with a year-earlier profit of $98 million, or 19 cents a share.

Mar 28, 2014

New BlackBerry phones to cater to keyboard aficionados: CEO

TORONTO (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd plans to introduce high-end smartphones that cater to keyboard aficionados in the coming 18 months, in an effort to win back core corporate and government clients who have shunned the company’s touch-screen devices.

Chief Executive John Chen said in an interview that the company’s engineers have designed at least three different next-generation handsets that are being “kicked around right now.”

Mar 25, 2014

Goldcorp chairman prefers to quit Osisko deal than overpay

TORONTO/VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Goldcorp Inc (G.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) would rather walk away from its hostile bid for Osisko Mining Corp (OSK.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) than pay too much for its fellow Canadian gold miner, Goldcorp Chairman Ian Telfer said on Tuesday, although he did not rule out raising the bid.

Goldcorp, the world’s second biggest gold producer by market value, has several other growth opportunities, including the opening of two mines this year, and is doing “extremely well,” Telfer said.

Mar 25, 2014

TMX to move into private market in race with rival Aequitas

TORONTO, March 25 (Reuters) – TMX Group Ltd, the
operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture
Exchange, said on Tuesday it plans to launch a new business to
allow capital raising and the trading of securities of privately
owned entities.

The move to launch the business appears to be a pre-emptive
gambit to thwart the threat posed by privately-held Aequitas
Innovations Inc, which is in the process of seeking regulatory
approval in order to launch a new Canadian stock exchange.

Mar 25, 2014

Canada pension board to invest in Chinese real estate venture

TORONTO, March 25 (Reuters) – The Canada Pension Plan
Investment Board said on Tuesday it will invest $250 million in
the Chinese real estate market through a new venture with China
Vanke Co Ltd, the nation’s largest residential
developer.

The pension fund manager said the venture, which marks its
first substantial real estate investment in the country since a
small foray back in 2008, will focus on residential development
projects in large cities across China, starting in the city of
Qingdao in the Shandong Province.

Mar 21, 2014

Loblaw-Shoppers deal approved by Canada’s Competition Bureau

TORONTO, March 21 (Reuters) – Loblaw Cos Ltd,
Canada’s largest grocer, said on Friday Canada’s competition
watchdog has approved its C$12.4 billion ($11 billion)
acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp, the country’s
biggest pharmacy chain.

The deal cements Loblaw’s No. 1 position in Canada at a time
when competition from domestic retailers such as Sobeys and U.S.
retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores and Target is
heating up.

Mar 19, 2014

Canada’s Joe Oliver brings Bay Street know-how to finance minister’s job

OTTAWA/TORONTO, March 19 (Reuters) – Joe Oliver brings a
sense of gravitas to his new job as Canada’s finance minister,
an asset the governing Conservatives will want to emphasize as
they prepare to fight an election against young but popular
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.

Oliver is 73 and spent decades working on Toronto’s Bay
Street, the heart of Canada’s financial industry, before
becoming natural resources minister after his election to
Parliament in 2011. He was named finance minister on Wednesday,
replacing Jim Flaherty, who resigned the day before.

Mar 10, 2014

Barrick to sell part of its stake in African Barrick

TORONTO (Reuters) – Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Monday it plans to sell about 13.5 percent of its holdings in its majority-owned subsidiary African Barrick Gold (ABGL.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Toronto-based Barrick, which currently owns a roughly 303.25 million shares in African Barrick, is selling 41 million shares. The gold miner will still own a majority stake of just over 60 percent in the Africa-focused miner following the close of the transaction.

Mar 9, 2014

Private equity seen moving on cash-starved miners

VANCOUVER/TORONTO, March 9 (Reuters) – Private equity firms
are going underground.

In the past, they have largely shunned mining acquisitions,
as the volatility of commodities prices and cash flow made it
difficult to structure leveraged deals. Those concerns are on
the wane.

    • About Euan

      "Euan Rocha covers mining and minerals in Canada, where he focuses on gold, base metals and fertilizer companies. Euan, who is currently based in Toronto, has previously worked with Reuters in the United States and India. While based in New York for four years, Euan headed the Reuters Alerts team, before moving on to cover the U.S. chemical industry. Euan began his career with Reuters in Bangalore, India in 2004."
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