CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises on Greece rescue hopes, commodities

Tue Feb 9, 2010 10:50am EST
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* TSX gains 1.23 percent to 11,251.74

* Materials, oil and gas lead way higher

* Greece bailout speculation spurs rebound (Adds details)

By Ka Yan Ng

TORONTO, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index gained more than 1 percent on Tuesday, supported by firm oil and gold prices and speculation that a rescue plan was in the works for Greece's debt problems.

Global stock markets were boosted by speculation that a special European Union summit, scheduled for later in the week, would introduce initiatives to help fix Greece's debt woes. [ID:nSGE61801C] [MKTS/GLOB]

The improved economic outlook for the troubled euro zone buoyed global markets, increasing risk appetite and feeding into higher commodity prices. Gold rose above $1,070 an ounce and oil topped $73 a barrel, which pulled up Toronto's leading materials and energy sectors. [GOL/] [O/R]

Top heavyweight gainers included Suncor Energy (SU.TO: Quote), up 2.9 percent at C$32.20, while Goldcorp (G.TO: Quote) gained 3.7 percent to C$38.24.

At 10:30 a.m. (1530 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was up 136.44 points, or 1.23 percent, at 11,251.74. All 10 of the index's main groups were higher, rebounding from the 1 percent fall in the previous session.   Continued...