CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises as banks jump on economic optimism

Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:29pm EDT
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* TSX rises 166.45 points to 10,287.95

* Bank shares do bulk of the heavy lifting

* TSX ends week down 3.4 percent (Adds details, comments and official numbers)

By Frank Pingue

TORONTO, June 19 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index followed bank shares to a second straight higher close on Friday, but it still finished lower on the week, ending a stretch of four consecutive weekly gains.

Financial shares, which make up about 33 percent of the index, added to gains they made on Thursday, when data offered hope that the recession-hit U.S. economy is stabilizing and that lending will soon increase.

Shares of Royal Bank of Canada RY.TO, the key driver behind the two-day rally, was up 2 percent at C$46.00, while Bank of Nova Scotia BNS.TO rose 2.5 percent to C$41.30.

The financials index ended up 2 percent.

The week got off to a rocky start with selloffs of more than 240 points in two of the first three sessions. That prompted some analysts to say that the TSX was finally set to relinquish some of the massive gains recorded since it fell to a five-year low in March.   Continued...