TSX extends winning run but stops shy of recent high

Thu Dec 22, 2016 5:00pm EST
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By Fergal Smith

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's benchmark stock index climbed for the sixth straight session on Thursday, led by energy and telecom shares, but stopped short of the 19-month high it posted last week before the Federal Reserve raised U.S. interest rates.

The market has been consolidating its gains since the Nov. 8 U.S. election, said Davis Rea Chief Strategist John Johnston, who believes that technical indicators, the trend in corporate earnings and the economic outlook point to higher stock prices in the early part of 2017.

"Improving economic growth and relatively low inflation is a good mix for most asset classes."

Domestic data showed that the annual inflation rate cooled in November and October retail sales rose more than expected, boding well for economic growth at the start of the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, U.S. data showed that the economy grew at a 3.5 percent clip in the third quarter, its strongest in two years.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE closed up 29.34 points, or 0.19 percent, at 15,335.23.

It has rallied nearly 18 percent this year and 4.6 percent since the U.S. election, helped by the prospect of U.S. economic stimulus and a recent OPEC agreement to cut oil production.

Last week it touched its highest since May 2015 at 15,414.57.   Continued...

A man walks past an old Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) sign in Toronto, June 23, 2014.  REUTERS/Mark Blinch