CANADA STOCKS-TSX adds to 19-month high as financials rally

Thu Dec 8, 2016 4:57pm EST
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* TSX closes up 57.45 points, or 0.38 percent, at 15,295.20

* Index posts highest close since May 2015

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

By Fergal Smith

TORONTO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Canada's benchmark stock index added to a 19-month high on Thursday, led by heavyweight financial shares as bond yields climbed after the European Central Bank's monetary policy decisions.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index ended up 57.45 points, or 0.38 percent, at 15,295.20, its highest close since May 2015.

"There's a lot of optimism on potentially reflationary forces back in the market," said Youssef Zohny, portfolio manager at StennerZohny Investment Partners of Richardson GMP.

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