REFILE-CANADA STOCKS-Strong oil boosts TSX despite gold's fall

Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:58pm EDT
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 * TSX rallies to highest level in nearly 3 weeks
 * Energy shares up as oil prices hit 2009 high
 * Bank shares rally on JPMorgan profit
 * Gold shares top decliners as bullion price retreats
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 By Ka Yan Ng
 TORONTO, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
closed higher on Wednesday as rising oil prices lifted Suncor
Energy SU.TO and other oil and gas shares, while upbeat U.S.
corporate earnings helped boost sentiment.
 Suncor, the biggest contributor to the gain, jumped 4.29
percent to C$40.36, while shares of fellow oil company Canadian
Natural Resources CNQ.TO advanced 3.4 percent to C$77.49.
 The rally in energy stocks came as the price of oil surged
to a 2009 high above $75 a barrel due to optimism about a
global economic rebound that would lead to higher energy
demand. [O/R]
 The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE hit its highest level
in nearly three weeks, closing up 119.24 points, or 1.04
percent, at 11,532.78.
 In New York, the Dow industrials average pierced the 10,000
level for the first time in a year, encouraged by
better-than-expected U.S. retail sales for September and
surprisingly robust financial results from banking and
technology bellwethers JPMorgan Chase JPM.N and Intel Corp
INTC.O.[ID:nN14253782] [ID:nN14236340]
 That helped light a fire under bank stocks in Toronto.
Royal Bank of Canada RY.TO added 1.5 percent to C$55.94, and
Toronto-Dominion Bank TD.TO rose 1.7 percent to C$65.72.
 "(JPMorgan's) capital markets division performed extremely
well, so that's a good read-through for the Canadian banks that
are more levered to capital markets," said Eric Brass, a
portfolio manager with MFC Global Investment Management in
 Canada's earnings calendar starts to ramp up in the next
several weeks, and the market will look to see if corporate
results show improvement to the bottom line beyond cost-cutting
now that the global economy is emerging from recession.
 "The market wants to see companies showing stronger organic
sales growth. They want to see the economic recovery impacting
revenue growth within companies, so cost-cutting won't
necessarily be sufficient," Brass said.
 Gold-mining shares were among the heavy losers on Wednesday
as they took a breather after the price of bullion ended well
off the record high it set early in the session. [GOL/]
 "It probably won't stay there long. As long as the U.S.
dollar continues its weakness, the golds should continue to be
firm," said Lex Kerkovius, senior research analyst at McLean &
Partners Wealth Management Ltd in Calgary. "Nothing looks to be
on the horizon immediately that's going to change that
 Five gold companies were among the top notable decliners,
led by Goldcorp G.TO, off 1.4 percent at C$43.76, and Barrick
Gold ABX.TO, down 0.92 percent at C$40.98.
 Some active issues on Wednesday included Canadian silver
miner Pan American Silver Corp PAA.TO, which said it plans to
acquire exploration company Aquiline Resources Inc AQI.TO in
a deal valued at C$626 million. [ID:nN14236713]
 Pan American shares fell almost 6 percent to C$25.12, while
those of Aquiline shares closed up 19.2 percent at C$6.52.
 ($1=$1.03 Canadian)
 (Editing by Peter Galloway)