TSX rises with banks ahead of Fed, TD recovers somewhat

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By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Monday as financial stocks pushed higher with bond yields ahead of an expected U.S. Federal Reserve rate hike and as some mining stocks gained from higher commodity prices.

Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD.TO: Quote) was among the most influential gainers, recovering somewhat after a sharp fall on Friday following media reports that staff had been put under pressure to meet sales targets.

TD defended its business practices on Friday and on Sunday reiterated its position that the environment described in CBC news reports, which suggested that customers were moved to higher-fee accounts or had their overdraft and credit card limits increased without their knowledge, was at odds with its practices.

TD rose 1.5 percent to C$66.96 after falling 5.6 percent on Friday, and most other major banks also gained, helping the financials group add 0.4 percent overall.

Financial technology company DH Corp (DH.TO: Quote) rose 9.2 percent to C$25.16, after Vista Equity Partners said it would take the company private in a C$4.8 billion deal.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE closed up 38.14 points, or 0.25 percent, at 15,544.82. Eight of its 10 main groups gained.

Rick Hutcheon, president and chief operating officer at RKH Investments, said he saw little reason for the index to push back up toward the record high touched in February.

"The rally that we've had is petering out. It's not that it's going to come crashing down but it needs some time to consolidate and get used to the level we're at," he said.   Continued...

A TMX Group sign, the company that runs the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), is seen in Toronto, June 23, 2014.  REUTERS/Mark Blinch/File Photo