CANADA STOCKS-TSX surges to one-week high in oil, bank-led rally

Thu Aug 11, 2011 5:02pm EDT
 
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 * TSX up 340.91 points, or 2.79 percent, at 12,539.80
 * Energy, financials drive gains, golds drag
 * Manulife rises as results tops estimates
 * Open Text drops 10.3 pct as results miss, targets cut
 (Updates to close. Adds analyst comment)
 By Trish Nixon
 TORONTO, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock market
index climbed nearly 3 percent on Thursday to its highest point
in a week, as energy shares rebounded on the back of stronger
oil prices and banks made up lost ground.
 The Toronto exchange tracked global markets, as investors
swooped back into beaten-down stocks, encouraged by a surprise
dip in American jobless claims and strong corporate results
that provided a respite from overnight fears about the health
of the euro zone banking system.  [MKTS/GLOB]
 "We are seeing so much volatility the last two days that
its not surprising to get a bounce back today," said Robert
Kavcic, an economist at BMO Capital Markets.
 He noted that most of the strength in Canada was in shares
of oil and gas producers.
 "That sector was really beaten down, and oil prices are
still holding up in the mid-80 to dollar range. So actually the
backdrop isn't really too bad."
 Energy issues rose 4.2 percent collectively, as oil prices
rose for a second day, gaining as much as 3 percent. [O/R]
 The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE closed up 340.91 points, or 2.79 percent, at
12,539.80, rebounding after a 1 percent drop earlier in the
session. Nine of the 10 main groups were higher.
 The gain comes after the index on Monday suffered its
biggest intraday drop since 2009 and hit a near one-year low.
After three days of rallying, the index closed up more than 3
percent on the week.
 The financial sector rose 3.1 percent, as Canada's big
banks and insurers took back the week's losses, despite
concerns about the euro zone banking system and signs of
funding stress.
 Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO: Quote) rose 3.4 percent to C$51.41,
while Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO: Quote), added 3.6 percent to
C$53.77 and Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD.TO: Quote) was up 2.9 percent at
C$76.05. All three were among the index's top 4 influential
gainers.
 Manulife Financial (MFC.TO: Quote) was another source of support,
rising 4.6 percent at C$13.08 after its results topped
estimates and rebounded from a year-earlier loss.
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 Materials were up 1.16 percent, with Potash Corp (POT.TO: Quote)
up 5.9 percent at C$54.22, leading the gains for the sector and
the overall index.
 The sector advanced despite pressure from some gold-mining
shares, which gave back some of Wednesday's sharp gains as the
price of gold recoiled from an all-time high. [GOL/] [MET/L]
 Kinross Gold led the index's decliners, down 5 percent to
C$15.50, while Iamgold Corp  (IMG.TO: Quote) lost 7 percent to
C$18.96.
 "It's not surprising," said John Kinsey, portfolio manager
at Caldwell Securities Ltd. "You are getting some profit taking
in the metal, and that's weakened some of the stocks."
 Also weighing heavily was Open Text (OTC.TO: Quote), which dropped
10.3 percent to C$51.84 and was the chief weight in the
information technology group, which lost 0.1 percent.
 At least three analysts cut their price targets on the
business software company, the day after it reported a rise in
quarterly adjusted profit, but missed estimates.
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  (Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)