Most actively traded companies on the TSX
Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,135.00, down 8.99 points):Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Down 18 cents, or 0.48 per cent, to $37.15 on 8.4 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 48 cents, or 1.94 per cent, to $25.22 on 6.1 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 11 cents, or 1.19 per cent, to $9.33 on 5.4 million shares.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Down two cents, or 0.65 per cent, to $3.06 on 4.7 million shares.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Unchanged at $37.30 on 3.3 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Up five cents, or 0.55 per cent, to $9.22 on 3.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Champion Iron Ltd. (TSX:CIA). Miner. Down four cents, or 3.81 per cent, to $1.01 on 1.1 million shares. Efforts to restart the idled Bloom Lake iron ore mine got a boost Thursday after the Caisse de depot pension fund manager and a mining lending group agreed to provide US$180 million in debt financing to a subsidiary of Champion. The Caisse will provide US$100 million in subordinated debt partially tied to the price of iron ore while Sprott Resource Lending will provide US$80 million in the form of a five-year senior secured loan.TransAlta Corp. (TSX:TA). Utilities. Up five cents, or 0.63 per cent, to $7.97 on 686,895 shares. The Calgary-based power company is appointing former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose to its board of directors. She also held several different cabinet posts including Environment, Health and Labour when the Tories were in power.WestJet Airlines Ltd. (TSX:WJA). Airline. Up 15 cents, or 0.60 per cent, to $25.23 on 347,904 shares. CEO Gregg Saretsky has stepped up his fight against the growing push to unionize the airline’s staff, telling them to resist organized labour’s pitch because it will chomp into their paycheques. In an email sent last Thursday to the company’s 12,000 employees, he revealed that five unions are now trying to certify several groups of WestJet workers after its pilots agreed in May to join the Air Line Pilots Association.