CANADA STOCKS-TSX gains broadly despite Royal Bank results

Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:04am EDT
 
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   * TSX climbs 0.47 percent to 11,705.13
 * Nine of 10 groups rise
 * Royal Bank falls as results miss estimates,
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 By Ka Yan Ng
 TORONTO, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
climbed on Thursday morning as stronger-than-expected U.S.
economic data helped alleviate worries about a weak U.S. labor
market, but its financial sector was dragged lower by
disappointment over Royal Bank of Canada's (RY.TO: Quote) quarterly
results.
 New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits fell more than
expected last week and a measure of underlying labor market
trends rose to a nine-month high, U.S. government data showed.
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 That was enough to lift nine of the 10 sectors on the
Toronto stock index, with the commodities groups, oil and gas
and materials, leading the way.
 Peter Chandler, senior vice-president at Canaccord Wealth
Management in Waterloo, Ontario, said bargain-hunting was at
work as resource shares have been drawn lower recently.
  The energy group rose 0.6 percent as the price of oil rose
for a second day, lifting Suncor Energy (SU.TO: Quote) by 1.47 percent
to C$32.45, and Imperial Oil (IMO.TO: Quote) 0.5 percent to C$38.69.
 Materials were up 0.8 percent, helped by rising copper
prices. Teck Resources (TCKb.TO: Quote) rose 2.85 percent to C$34.69.
 At 10:45 a.m. (1445 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's
S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE climbed 57.01 points, or 0.47
percent, to 11,705.13.
 The index dipped briefly in early dealings due to a fall in
its financials sector. Financial shares were the lone index
sector in the red, pulled down 0.11 percent by disappointment
over Royal Bank of Canada's quarterly results.
 Canada's largest bank fell sharply after its third-quarter
profit fell 18 percent, missing analysts' estimates, as weak
trading activity ate into capital markets income. Royal tumbled
2.5 percent to C$49.40. [ID:nN26176305]
 The rest of the big banks were all higher, including
National Bank of Canada (NA.TO: Quote), which rose 2.1 percent to
C$56.83 after it posted better-than-expected results.
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 "Rather than a sector-wide phenomenon, it's more what are
the expectations that have been building up on those individual
equities in that sector," Chandler said.
 ($1=$1.05 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; editing by Peter Galloway)