CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises on energy gains, RBC outshines peers

Tue Nov 3, 2015 11:16am EST
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* TSX rises 61.77 points, or 0.45 percent, to 13,684.78

* Nine of the TSX's 10 main groups gain

TORONTO, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Tuesday, helped by solid gains in the energy sector as oil prices recovered and a move higher in shares of Royal Bank of Canada after it avoided the need to set aside additional capital.

The heavyweight energy group climbed 3 percent, with Canadian Natural Resources Ltd advancing 2 percent to C$31.84 and Cenovus Energy Inc adding 4.9 percent to C$21.47.

Pipeline operator TransCanada Corp was flat at C$44.23 after asking the U.S. government to suspend a review of its controversial Keystone XL project.

The most influential gainers on the index also included Royal Bank of Canada, which gained 1.2 percent to C$75.54, compared to a flat financials group overall.

The country's largest bank avoided a widely expected designation from the Financial Stability Board as a global, systemically important bank, which would have forced it to have a higher capital position.

"The cheer was heard all the way from Bay Street to St. Clair where I am," said Barry Schwartz, portfolio manager at Baskin Financial Services. "It's the regulators saying you're OK, you're not going to be covered under these new regulations that will force you to have more capital that will constrain your ability to grow."   Continued...