TSX notches biggest gain in six weeks as banks, miners gain

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By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index posted its biggest gain in more than six weeks on Monday as heavyweight banking stocks bounced back from a recent slip and several industrial miners also gained as Chinese data showed surprising growth.

The heavyweight financials group jumped 1.4 percent as bond yields recovered somewhat from multi-month lows, with Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD.TO: Quote) up 2.1 percent at C$66.20 and Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO: Quote) adding 1.5 percent to C$77.14.

"We're getting a little bit of a rebound as investor focus shifts at least slightly away from some of the geopolitical worries and back to what's likely to be the headliner of the week, which is earnings reports," said Craig Fehr, Canadian market strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis, Missouri.

The most influential movers on the index also included Teck Resources Ltd (TECKb.TO: Quote), which rose 1.6 percent to C$29.80, and Lundin Mining Corp (LUN.TO: Quote), up 1.5 percent to C$7.45.

The base metal miners gains came as China's economy grew faster than expected in the first quarter as industrial output grew by the most in over two years.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE ended up 149.41 points, or 0.96 percent, at 15,684.89.

That was its biggest one-day gain since March 1.

Nine of its 10 main sectors gained, with advancers outnumbering decliners by 2.5-to-1.   Continued...

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