TSX edges higher on U.S. data, German deal

Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:02pm EST
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By John Tilak

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index gained on Wednesday after U.S. economic data and a German political deal to form a coalition government supported sentiment, offsetting a decline in shares of energy producers.

The rise marked a moderate recovery from the previous session, when the Toronto stock market's benchmark index had its sharpest one-day drop in more than two months.

Global equity markets cheered on Wednesday as German Chancellor Angela Merkel clinched a coalition deal with the Social Democrats about two months after emerging victorious in the country's general election.

Stock markets also got support from data that showed the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell unexpectedly last week.

Investors appear to be becoming less sensitive to speculation about U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary policy moves, and are reacting instead to fundamentals, said Marcus Xu, president and portfolio manager at MY Capital Management.

Xu also noted that investors have been pulling out of commodity stocks. "The money has to go somewhere in Canada," he added. "So investors have been buying traditional sectors like industrials, healthcare and consumer."

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE closed up 12.29 points, or 0.09 percent, at 13,362.06. It is up about 8 percent this year.

Seven of the 10 main sectors on the index were higher on Wednesday.   Continued...

An electronic board displays the midday TSX index in Toronto February 16, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch