CANADA STOCKS-TSX flies higher on oil price, UTS deal

Wed Jul 7, 2010 5:10pm EDT
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* TSX up 1.76 percent at 11,397.27

* All 10 main sectors end higher

* UTS soars after French oil major Total makes offer (Adds details, background, quotes)

By Ka Yan Ng

TORONTO, July 7 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index surged on Wednesday as a bounce in oil prices and an offer by Total SA (TOTF.PA: Quote) to buy UTS Energy Corp UTS.TO led the index higher for a second straight session.

UTS shares jumped 63 percent to C$3.44 after French oil major Total agreed to buy UTS for C$1.5 billion in cash, twice the amount it offered for the Canadian oil sands developer 18 months ago. [ID:nSGE66609U].

"The bid for UTS by Total is something that has given investors some more confidence that the future of the oil sands is more intact," said Michael Sprung, president of Sprung & Co. Investment Counsel.

As well, U.S. crude futures topped $74 a barrel, after six straight sessions of declines, helping send the energy group up 2.77 percent. Suncor Energy (SU.TO: Quote), the country's biggest oil company, rose 4.1 percent to C$32.50, while Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ.TO: Quote) added 2.9 percent to C$35.82. [O/R]

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE finished up 197.10 points, or 1.76 percent, at 11,397.27.   Continued...