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* TSX rises 221 points to 8,941.82
* All 10 main sectors end higher (Adds details, comments official numbers)
By Frank Pingue
TORONTO, April 1 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index rose for the second straight session on Wednesday, helped in large part by a bank rally as U.S. data spurred optimism for a boost in financial activity.
Healthier numbers for U.S. factory activity and pending sales of existing homes gave hope to investors that the U.S. recession was easing and that optimism spilled into Canada. [ID:nN01407201
"There's just been a series of economic data being released that is slightly better than expectations," said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier. "And the fact that you are getting a broad-based rally says to me that people have confidence in the financial system,"
The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE rose 221.43 points, or 2.54 percent, to close at 8,941.82.
All 10 TSX sectors ended higher.