CANADA STOCKS-TSX edges higher as financials gain ground

Mon May 29, 2017 4:49pm EDT
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(New throughout, updates prices and market activity and adds portfolio manager comments)

* TSX closes up 4.98 points, or 0.03 percent, at 15,421.91

* Five of the TSX's 10 main groups rise

* Volumes lowest since July, 2015

By Fergal Smith

TORONTO, May 29 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index edged higher on Monday in light trading volume, as gains for several big banks that reported earnings last week offset losses for resource stocks.

The financials group, which had been pressured recently by investor concerns about the country's potentially overvalued real estate market and elevated levels of household debt, gained 0.2 percent.

"I think you have to go back to the fundamentals of the Canadian banks," said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer, Sun Life Global Investments.

"They don't really need to see a massive amount of growth ... their balance sheets are good for them to continue on with their dividend yields and even for them to increase that dividend yield"   Continued...