CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises, led by financials ahead of U.S. earnings season

Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:54pm EST
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* TSX closes up 65.26 points, or 0.42 percent, at 15,491.54

* Five of the TSX's 10 main groups rise

By Fergal Smith

TORONTO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Wednesday as heavyweight financial stocks rose ahead of the start of U.S. earnings season and investors weighed comments by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

Some of the most influential movers on the index were the country's major banks. Royal Bank of Canada rose nearly 1 percent to C$93.89 and Bank of Nova Scotia climbed 0.9 percent to C$77.68, while the financials group rose 0.7 percent.

"There is a lot of optimism in financials with the increase in interest rates and the potential for lower financial regulation," said Youssef Zohny, portfolio manager at StennerZohny Investment Partners of Richardson GMP.

The move higher in bond yields since the U.S. election has reduced the value of insurance companies' liabilities and increased net interest margins of banks.

"I think a lot of investors are really waiting for earnings season to kick off in the U.S. on Friday. At this point markets seem to be kind of stuck, waiting for some momentum either way," Zohny said.   Continued...