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Canadian Stocks Going for a Memorial Day Run

With U.S. markets closed for Memorial Day, it’s quiet out there.  Real quiet.

However, there are a few headlines that have shareholders in at least 3 Canadian listed companies smiling.

At this point, the best performing stock on today’s S&P/TSX Composite (INDEX:^GSPTSE), which is up just 0.2% as we approach mid-day, is Valeant Pharmaceuticals (TSX:VRX,NYSE:VRX), which is up more than 8%.  The company announced the consummation of the rumoured deal to acquire Bausch and Lomb for $8.7 billion cash.

Valeant expects to be able to realize $800 million worth of synergies from this deal and figures it could be 40% accretive to the company’s EPS.  RBC estimates VRX will earn $9/share on the back of this deal, and could easily be a $100 stock.  Maybe short-term, but this Fool is skeptical about Valeant’s business model and financial leverage.

Intellectual property (IP) licensing company Wi-Lan (TSX:WIN) is another benefitting from a bit of welcomed news.  The stock is currently up 7.8% after the company announced that it’s signed a license agreement with Dell to settle patent litigation.  Although financial details were not released, the market seemingly estimates this deal has increased Wi-Lan’s value by $40 million.

Niko Resources (TSX:NKO) is another name that’s made a big move based on recently released news.  Shares are currently up about 4.5% in Monday trading after favourable results were released from a prospective natural gas field off the east coast of India that Niko is a 10% owner of.  Its partners in this resource are Indian firm Reliance Industries, the operator of the world’s largest oil refining complex, as well as BP Plc.

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Fool contributor Iain Butler does not own shares of any of the companies mentioned at this time.  The Motley Fool has no positions in the stocks mentioned above.

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