TSX climbs as energy shares follow oil prices higher

Wed Nov 5, 2014 5:07pm EST
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By John Tilak

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index advanced more than 1 percent on Wednesday as a rebound in oil prices and upbeat U.S. economic data fueled a jump in the languishing energy sector.

Investors cheered news of Republicans winning control of the U.S. Senate and data showing U.S. private jobs growth topped market expectations.

But the price of bullion plunged to a four-year low after the U.S. election results, triggering a sell-off in shares of gold miners.

The benchmark TSX, which has been under pressure in recent weeks because of choppy commodity prices, is up about 7 percent since dropping to an eight-month low last month.

Energy shares have a beating in recent weeks over concerns about ample supply and sluggish demand. The group has shed a quarter of its value since the middle of June.

"At current levels, we see a lot of interest and a lot of value in the whole spectrum of energy names," said Maarten Bloemen, an executive vice president and portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton Investments.

“The way that the stocks have reacted so violently gives us an opportunity to pick some of these quality names,” he said.

“The market is extremely news-sensitive right now. A little bit of news that’s happening in the Middle East can move oil prices, and equities are pretty sensitive to that,” added Bloemen, who helps manage about $2.5 billion in assets.   Continued...

A sign board displaying Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) stock information is seen in Toronto June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch