CANADA STOCKS-TSX notches 5th straight gain as banks bounce

Thu Jul 16, 2015 4:50pm EDT
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* TSX ends up 68.80 points, or 0.47 percent, at 14,731.08

* Seven of 10 main sectors gain

By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO, July 16 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index gained on Thursday, with banking stocks leading the way a day after the central bank cut interest rates, while gold miners fell as renewed anticipation of a U.S. Federal Reserve rate hike this year hit bullion prices.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index ended the day up 68.80 points, or 0.47 percent, at 14,731.08. Seven of its 10 main sectors gained.

The financial sector, which accounts for 35 percent of the index's weight, gained 0.8 percent, with Toronto-Dominion Bank up 1.1 percent to C$53.30 and Bank of Nova Scotia gaining 1.3 percent to C$64.93.

"The banks are doing well, probably because of lower rates and because their earnings from their U.S. and overseas operations should boost their earnings when they're translated back into Canadian dollars," said Brendan Caldwell, chief executive of Caldwell Investment Management.

The rate cut could ultimately spark more economic activity across sectors, which also helps financials.   Continued...