CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises as higher oil prices support energy stocks

Mon Aug 15, 2016 4:53pm EDT
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* TSX ends up 29.57 points, or 0.2 percent, at 14,777.02

* Five of the TSX's 10 main groups end higher

By Fergal Smith

TORONTO, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Monday as the energy sector benefited from higher oil prices, but gains were restrained as investors waited for clues this week on the outlook for U.S. monetary policy.

The index has rallied 28 percent since hitting a 3-year low in January, helped by a rebound in commodity prices and low global interest rates. On Thursday it reached a 13-month high of 14,855.69, raising concerns that the rally might be overdone.

"We still think that markets are trading at elevated valuation ... earnings and revenue trends on both the TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) and S&P (500) haven't been strong," said Manash Goswami, portfolio manager, First Asset Investment Management Inc.

The U.S. Federal Reserve's minutes on its July policy meeting are scheduled to be released on Wednesday.

Investors will hold off on making big bets until they get a sense of whether the Fed has become more inclined to raise interest rates this year, Goswami said.   Continued...