CANADA STOCKS-TSX lifted by economic hopes, resources

Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:30am EDT
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 * TSX rises 0.52 percent to 10,887.33
 * Commodity-linked groups rise with prices
 * Quarterly results from big banks are key this week
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 By Ka Yan Ng
 TORONTO, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
gained on Monday, buoyed by economic hopes and firmer prices on
oil and other commodities.
 The price of crude edged above $74 a barrel, extending its
rally to trade near a 10-month high, on optimism that an
economic recovery will spur a rebound in energy demand.
[ID:nSYD146874]  This helped lift the energy group 0.9
 Energy giant Suncor Energy led all index movers with a 1.6
percent gain to C$36.10, while Canadian Natural Resources was
up 2.3 percent at C$66.50.
 Materials were also higher, up 1 percent, backed by rising
prices on metals such as copper and nickel. [ID:nLO524881]
 Shares of Teck Resources rose 1 percent to C$29.16, while
Potash Corp was up 1.8 percent at C$105.95.
 "Copper is holding, basic commodities are holding so that's
a positive. Gold is up a little bit, as is oil. So that's
providing a little bit of confidence to the marketplace," said
Irwin Michael, portfolio manager at ABC Funds.
 At 10:18 a.m. (1418 GMT), the S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE was up 56.15 points, or 0.52 percent, at 10,887.33.
Five of the index's 10 main groups advanced, including its
three biggest components which make up three-quarters of the
index's weighting.
 A brighter mood kicked off the week as reassurances from
world central bankers spurred optimism about the world's
economic recovery.
 The worst global recession in 70 years was nearing a close,
although it would be a long, slow climb back to normal growth,
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and other central
bankers said at the annual gathering in Jackson Hole over the
weekend. [ID:nN23121486]
 Financials moved steadily higher, up 0.5 percent, ahead of
quarterly results from the country's biggest banks.
 Virtually no one sees Canada's banks rattling investors
with big losses when they start reporting third-quarter
earnings on Tuesday. Profits are likely to come in between 10
percent and 16 percent lower, a result that investors will take
in stride, given a still-sluggish economic climate.
 (Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; Editing by Frank McGurty)