CANADA STOCKS-U.S. data helps TSX edge higher, banks hinder

Thu Dec 2, 2010 4:50pm EST
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 * TSX up 15.18 points, or 0.12 percent, at 13,163.53
 * Financials down as TD, CIBC earnings weigh
 * Gildan down 7 percent
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 By Jennifer Kwan
 TORONTO, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
finished higher on Thursday as U.S. economic data helped to
boost commodity prices, but gains were tempered by lower
earnings from Canadian banks.
 Leading the list of advancers was Canadian Natural
Resources Ltd CNQ.TO, which rose 1.2 percent to C$41.76. The
independent oil explorer forecast a higher capital budget for
2011 and said it would use about 45 percent of the spending for
long-term growth. [ID:nSGE6B108H]
 Also helping to lift the market was Teck Resources
TCKb.TO, up 3 percent at C$54.02, and Suncor Energy SU.TO,
which rose 0.9 percent to C$35.69. Talisman Energy TLM.TO was
up 1.4 percent to C$20.12.
 Resource shares got a boost as copper and oil prices rose,
pushed up in part by upbeat U.S. retail and housing data that
showed fresh signs of an improving economy. [ID:nN02209260]
[MET/L] [O/R]
 "The economy isn't as weak as people thought. The general
weakness of the U.S. dollar is forcing commodity prices up,"
said Irwin Michael, portfolio manager at ABC Funds.
 Analysts also said resource issues were getting a boost
from the lingering effects of upbeat Chinese manufacturing data
on Wednesday. [ID:nTOE6B004C]
 The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE finished the day up 15.18 points, or 0.12 percent, at
13,163.53. The index rose as high as 13,190.70, its highest
level since early September 2008.
 The Toronto market joined stock markets around the world in
rising as the euro rebounded against the greenback on the
upbeat economic data and on speculation that the European
Central Bank had boosted its buying of sovereign debt.
 But gains in Toronto were held back by the index's falling
financial sector. Shares of Toronto-Dominion Bank TD.TO,
Canada's second-biggest lender, and Canadian Imperial Bank of
Commerce CM.TO, the fifth-biggest bank, fell on Thursday
after both banks reported weaker quarterly earnings due to a
drop investment banking income.  [ID:nN02201701]
 TD shed 2.7 percent to C$73.29, while CIBC sank 2.2 percent
to C$79.31, helping to push down the index's financial sector
-- the lone sector in the red -- by 0.8 pct.
 Eight of the TSX index's main groups were higher. The
consumer discretionary group was unchanged.
 Also on the downside was Gildan Activewear Inc GIL.TO,
which fell 7.2 percent to C$29.19. The clothing maker posted a
34 percent rise in quarterly profit, but its 2011 financial
forecast fell short of expectations. [ID:nSGE6B10AC]
 Bombardier Inc BBDb.TO, one of the most heavily traded
stocks, fell 1.5 percent to C$4.70. The civil-aircraft and
train maker reported a drop in quarterly profit.
 The blue chip S&P/TSX 60 index .TSE60 closed 0.25 of a
point higher at 753.18.
 ($1=$1.00 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Jennifer Kwan; editing by Peter Galloway)