TSX rallies as commodity prices drive energy, mining stock gains

Tue Jan 26, 2016 4:53pm EST
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By Fergal Smith

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Tuesday as shares in energy companies and banks were helped higher by a recovery in the price of oil to above $31 a barrel, while a 12-week high for the price of gold helped lift mining stocks.

The most influential risers were mostly energy stocks and banks, which together account for more than half of the index's weight and have both fluctuated in recent days in tandem with moves in the oil market.

"It is clear that the bears are pretty exhausted here and the bulls are starting to take over," said Colin Cieszynski, senior market analyst at CMC Markets Canada.

The market has rebounded from a three-year low last week. Earlier this month, it was down more than 20 percent from its September 2014 record high, indicating a bear market.

The energy group climbed 4 percent, with Suncor Energy Inc (SU.TO: Quote) adding 3.5 percent to C$31.00 and Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ.TO: Quote) jumping 6.1 percent to C$26.42.

U.S. crude CLc1 prices settled at $31.45 a barrel, up 3.7 percent, as investors hoped OPEC and non-OPEC producers were inching closer to a deal to reduce output amid one of the biggest supply gluts in decades.

"It shows what happens when the commodity prices start turning around and some of the negativity starts going away," said Cieszynski.

The materials index rose 2.1 percent, including a 3 percent gain for Goldcorp Inc (G.TO: Quote) to C$15.10. Spot gold rose 1.3 percent to $1,121.76 an ounce.   Continued...

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