CANADA STOCKS-TSX higher on gold and U.S. economic data
* TSX up 53 points at 11,593.02.
* Investors weigh mixed bag of U.S. economic data
By Irene Kuan
TORONTO, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index was higher on Wednesday morning, as red-hot gold prices boosted shares of resource issues, while financials were helped by mostly healthy U.S. economic data.
Gold prices surged to record highs above $1,180 an ounce, boosted by reports India may be interested in buying more bullion from the International Monetary Fund, and by a weaker U.S. dollar that fell against most major currencies [GOL].
Shares of four banks topped the most influential advancers, led by Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO: Quote), up 0.9 percent to C$49.67. Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD.TO: Quote) was up 0.7 percent at C$67.43, while Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM.TO: Quote) rose 1.3 percent to C$68.99. Bank of Montreal (BMO.TO: Quote) gained 1.1 percent to C$53.73.
Investors were weighing a mixed bag of U.S. economic data to gauge the strength of an economic recovery. According to U.S. government reports, jobless claims tumbled to their lowest level in more than a year and consumer spending was up, but durable good orders fell unexpectedly. [nN25548443]
"The market is thin right now. Everyone is trying to digest these five economic statistics," said Irwin Michael, portfolio manager at ABC Funds.
At 10:22 a.m. (1522 GMT), the S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was up 53 points, or 0.46 percent, at 11,593.02.
On the downside, Potash Corp (POT.TO: Quote) lost 0.7 percent to C$117.73, while Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ.TO: Quote) fell 0.4 percent to C$71.67. (Reporting by Irene Kuan; Editing by Peter Galloway) ((firstname.lastname@example.org; Reuters Messaging: email@example.com; 416-941-8101))
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