CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises as oils rally on Exxon deal

Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:53am EST
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 * TSX up 0.6 percent at 11,492.84
 * Energy shares gain after Exxon to buy XTO
 * Abu Dhabi support for Dubai boosts sentiment
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 By Irene Kuan
 TORONTO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index rose
on Monday, led by energy shares after Exxon Mobil Corp's
XOM.N $30 billion bid to take over XTO Energy Inc XTO.N
spurred hopes about more dealmaking in the sector.
 Shares of EnCana Corp ECA.TO, up 5.26 percent at C$31.60,
and Suncor Energy Inc SU.TO, up 1.32 percent at C$36.77,
played the biggest role in leading the index higher.
 The deal added impetus to recent economic data that has
spurred optimism in the market.
 "I get the general sense people have sort of bought into
the fact that economic conditions have more than stabilized and
we're slowly moving up," said Ian Nakamoto, director of
research at MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier.
 Markets were also buoyed by news that Abu Dhabi threw its
debt-laden neighbor Dubai a surprise $10 billion lifeline on
Monday to head off a bond default. [ID:nLDE5BD0FV]
 At 10:30 a.m. (1530 GMT), the S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE was up 68.91 points, or 0.6 percent, at 11,492.84.
 ($1=$1.06 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Irene Kuan; Editing by Peter Galloway)