Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets

TORONTO - Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:

Toronto Stock Exchange (12,836.71 down 12.18 points):

Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 15 cents, or 2.92 per cent, at $5.28 on 6.03 million shares. The gold sector led the advancers on the main index, rising 2.18 per cent to 179.82 points as the price of the December bullion contract jumped $19.90 to US$1,336 per ounce.

Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Up 15 cents, or 0.78 per cent, at $19.29 on 5.75 million shares.

Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airline. Up 18 cents, or 5.11 per cent, at $3.70 on 4.98 million shares.

Lucara Diamond Corp. (TSX:LUC). Miner. Up seven cents, or 7.07 per cent, at $1.06 on 4.98 million shares.

Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. (TSX:COS). Oil and gas. Down a penny, or 0.05 per cent, at $20.10 on 4.51 million shares.

Toronto Venture Exchange (947.70 up 1.57 points):

Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas. Up 8.5 cents, or 17.2 per cent, at 58 cents on 4.33 million shares.

iSign Media Solutions Inc. (TSXV:ISD). Advertising. Down 6.5 cents, or 37.1 per cent, at 11 cents on 3.53 million shares.

Companies reporting major news:

AGF Management Ltd. (TSX:AGF.B). Wealth manager. Up 15 cents, or 1.21 per cent, at $12.53 on 227,135 shares. The Toronto-based company posted third-quarter earnings of $15.27 million or 17 cents per share, a significant drop from year-earlier $36.74 million or 38 cents per share. Revenue totalled $367.15 million, also down from $385.23 million last year.

AlarmForce Industries (TSX:AF). Home security. Up seven cents, or 0.71 per cent, at $9.90 on 48,030 shares. Joel Matlin, the recently-ousted chief executive of AlarmForce, has filed a wrongful dismissal lawsuit against the company. Matlin, who founded the company 25 years ago, claims he was dismissed without cause or notice. He's also asking for punitive and aggravated damages because of the way the firing was handled.

BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Down 52 cents, or 5.92 per cent, at $8.26 on 4.46 million shares. The Globe and Mail reported that Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (TSX:FFH) is seeking more than US$1 billion from other investors to help fund a takeover of BlackBerry. Fairfax's stock was up three cents, or 0.01 per cent, at $420.87 on 9,909 shares.