CANADA STOCKS-TSX gets big boost from commodities

Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:43pm EST
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*TSX rises for fourth straight session

*Energy sector leads way up as oil hits $54

*BCE plunges as leveraged buyout put in doubt (Adds closing figures, quote, details)

TORONTO, Nov 26 (Reuters) - The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index rose for the fourth straight session on Wednesday as strength in commodities overpowered a steep decline in BCE Inc BCE.TO after the telecom giant said its leveraged buyout deal was in doubt.

The index's big energy group was up 7.9 percent as oil rose $3.67 to end at $54.44 a barrel, tracking a rally in U.S. stocks and after China cut interest rates. [ID:nSP373462] In the energy group, Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ.TO: Quote) rose 12 percent to C$49.00.

Materials advanced 6.5 percent, helped higher by a rise in base metals prices as investors bet China's rate cut would help boost demand. [ID:nLQ87774]

"China cut its interest rates today and that is felt to be good news for demand for commodities from the biggest emerging market," Gavin Graham, director of investments at BMO Asset Management.

"Looking at it, you would say it is a reflection of the return of the demand story from the emerging markets.

The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was up 200.66 points, or 2.38 percent, at 8,643.52, with nine of its 10 main groups higher. The index fought back from a 2.6 percent drop earlier in the day.   Continued...