CANADA STOCKS-TSX rallies on China growth, U.S. bank earnings

Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:46pm EDT
 
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* TSX ends up 89.06 points, or 0.8 pct, at 11,514.53
    * Energy, mining shares boosted by China data
    * Solid U.S. bank earnings help risk sentiment

    By Jon Cook
    TORONTO, July 13 (Reuters) - Canada's resource-heavy main
stock index jumped on Friday, led by energy and mining shares,
as China's reported economic growth that was not as bad as some
had feared and U.S. bank earnings beat expectations.
    Growth in China slowed for a sixth straight quarter to 7.6
percent, but growth was both better than some in the market
feared while low enough to keep open the possibility that more
action may be taken by policymakers. 
    Global stocks and commodity prices rallied on the news,
though some analysts cautioned that trading remained light.
    "Despite the fact that we have a very strong day, we have
very poor volume," said Sid Mokhtari, market technician and
director, institutional equity research, at CIBC World Markets.
    On Friday, nearly all of Canada's 10 main sectors were
higher. The powerful energy complex led the way, climbing 1.4
percent as U.S. crude prices rebounded. Gains were stemmed as
China's implied oil demand for June was down 0.4 percent
year-on-year. 
    The biggest movers among oil and gas firms included Suncor
Energy, up 1.9 percent at C$29.41, Cenovus Energy
, which rose 2.2 percent to C$33.28, and Crescent Point
Energy, up 3.9 percent at C$38.50.
    The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index
 finished up 89.06 points, or 0.8 percent, at
11,514.53. Even so, the index was down 1.2 percent for the week.
    "The optimism in the markets is linked to the rather
perverse case that is being made that as the Chinese economy
slows then inevitably the Chinese government will have to put
together some sort of package that will miraculously
re-accelerate growth," said Carlos Leitao, chief economist at
Laurentian Bank Securities in Montreal.
    Underwhelming economic data has led China's central bank to
cut interest rates twice in the last two months, but Leitao
noted "those measures have not had the desirous impact of
accelerating growth."    
    The materials group, which includes miners, rose 1 percent
as the China data boosted prices of gold and base metals. 
 
    After its stock plunged to a multi-year low earlier in the
week, Goldcorp led mining gains on Friday, rising 2.5
percent to end at C$34.53. Other miners on the upside included
Kinross Gold, which jumped nearly 6 percent to C$8.51,
and Teck Resources, up 2 percent at C$30.68.
    Shares of mid-tier gold miner Detour Gold Corp 
spiked 5.3 percent to C$21.69 on speculation it could be a
possible takeover target for larger rivals such as Goldcorp and
Barrick Gold. But Detour Chief Executive Gerald
Panneton insisted the company is not for sale. 
    In the U.S., stocks rallied. financial shares were lifted
after better-than-expected earnings from top banks JPMorgan
Chase & Co and Wells Fargo & Co. 
    Separately, the U.S. Labor Department said seasonally
adjusted producer prices rose 0.1 percent, a pace that leaves
the door open for more efforts from the Federal Reserve to
stimulate the economy.
    "The U.S. is being viewed as a safer place to be," said
Mokhtari. "It's the best of the worst."
    The results helped Canada's financial sector advance 0.5
percent. Gains were led by the country's two biggest lenders,
with Royal Bank of Canada rising 0.6 percent to C$52.48
and Toronto-Dominion Bank climbing 0.8 percent at
C$79.85.