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Jan. 15, 2021, 12:15 p.m. EST

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Jan 15, 2021 (Baystreet.ca via COMTEX) -- Canadian stocks sagged leading up to lunch break on Friday, as weakness in energy stocks and fears of tighter lockdowns amid rising coronavirus cases globally outweighed optimism around a $1.9-trillion U.S. stimulus plan.

The TSX remained behind 48.45 points midday to 17,909.64.

The Canadian dollar fell 0.52 cents at 78.54 cents U.S.

Ballard Power Systems fell $3.50, or 8%, the most on the TSX, to $40.17. The second biggest decliner was Osisko Mining, down 22 cents, or 6.3%, to $3.25.

The largest percentage gainers on the TSX were Blackberry Limited, which jumped $1.78, or 15.5% to $13.24, its highest point in more than two years, and Aphria, which rose $1.20, or 7.9%, to $16.45, extending its prior session's gains after an upbeat quarterly earnings.

On the economic beat, the Canadian Real Estate Association reported national home sales rose 7.2% on a month-over-month basis in December.

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The TSX Venture Exchange faltered 9.83 points to 904.52.

Seven of the 12 subgroups started the day negative, as energy lost 2.1%, while consumer discretionary stocks fell 0.4%, and financials were 0.3% in the minus category.

The five gainers were led by health-care, better by 4%, information technology, popping 1.8%, and consumer staples, improving 0.7%.

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