CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises as financials rally ahead of Brexit vote

Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:21am EDT
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* TSX rises 19.64 points, or 0.14 percent, to 14,031.96

* Index touches its highest since June 13 at 14,066.56.

* Seven of the TSX's 10 main groups were higher

TORONTO, June 22 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index firmed to a one-week high on Wednesday, led by financial stocks as investors grew more optimistic that Britons would vote to stay in the European Union.

Canada's heavyweight bank stocks were among the most influential movers on the index. Toronto-Dominion Bank rose 0.4 percent to C$56.58 and Royal Bank of Canada climbed by 0.5 percent to C$79.02, while the overall financials group advanced 0.4 percent.

Stocks also drew support from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's comments on the U.S. economy on Tuesday, when she virtually ruled out a July interest rate hike.

Industrials advanced 0.8 percent as railway stocks rebounded, while the healthcare group was up 1.7 percent.

At 11:02 a.m. EDT (1502 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index rose 19.64 points, or 0.14 percent, to 14,031.96. It touched its highest since June 13 at 14,066.56.

Seven of the index's 10 main groups were in higher.   Continued...