CANADA STOCKS-TSX ends skid, rises on banks, energy issues
* TSX rises 55.39 points to 10,121.50
* Snaps four-session losing streak
* Energy and banks drive gains (Adds details)
By Frank Pingue
TORONTO, June 18 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index ended higher on Thursday, snapping a four-session skid, as bank shares rebounded and a rise in oil prices boosted energy shares.
Financial shares, which account for about a third of the TSX index, recouped ground lost during Wednesday's session as fresh data offered hope that the recession-hit U.S. economy is stabilizing. [ID:nN18379372]
Shares of Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO: Quote), the biggest driver behind the gains, rose 2.4 percent to C$45.09, followed by Bank of Nova Scotia BNS.TO, which ended up 2.6 percent at C$40.30.
The TSX is now down 4.9 percent on the week after staging a four-week rally that included a run up to near an eight-month high of 10,726.01 last week. That high put it 43 percent above the five-year low it hit in March.
"The market has had a huge move up and it's backing and filling, but I think overall we are looking for more corrective action," said Sal Masionis, a stockbroker at Brant Securities. "It's very choppy and there is no real trend, so it really is just difficult to get excited either way." Continued...