TSX rises as commodities, bank gain

Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:48pm EDT
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By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rebounded on Monday, with robust gains from major banks and a surge in some gold miners and energy companies helping the index rise over 1 percent, more than cancelling out Friday's slump.

Four of the six biggest positive drivers were banks. The financials group, which also includes insurers and makes up roughly a third of the index, climbed 1.2 percent.

Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD.TO: Quote) advanced 1.6 percent to C$53.25, Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO: Quote) rose 1.2 percent to C$77.28, and Bank of Montreal (BMO.TO: Quote) added 1.4 percent to C$73.79.

"In a period of zero interest rates they remain attractive," said John Ing, president of Maison Placements Canada. "The dividends of the banks are a good refuge."

But while the energy group jumped almost 3 percent, Ing said the outlook is more uncertain in that major part of the index.

"The market gets encouragement from fewer wells being drilled or (disappointed by) too many rigs, and it vacillates from week to week," he said. "But the overall direction we believe is still down because the problems still remain. That is, overproduction."

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE ended up 163.69 points, or 1.14 percent, to 14,466.39. Half of the 10 main groups rose, with seven advancing stocks for every two decliners.

"It's a relief rally, truthfully," said John Stephenson, President & CEO at Stephenson & Company Capital Management.   Continued...

A Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) logo is seen in Toronto November 9, 2007.  REUTERS/Mark Blinch