CANADA STOCKS-TSX surges 1.8 pct as Europe fears ease
* TSX closes up 205.22, or 1.78 percent, at 11,749.12
* China says Europe is a key investment market
* Weak bank results limit gains in financial group
* Nine of 10 indexes higher (Updates to close, adds quotes)
By Jennifer Kwan
TORONTO, May 27 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index ended higher for a second straight session on Thursday as commodity-linked stocks surged after China soothed investor worries by saying Europe was a key investment market.
Resource issues led the gains as oil climbed above $74 a barrel, while gold and base metal prices were also firmer. [O/R] [GOL/] [MET/L] The energy and materials sectors rose 4.2 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively.
Canadian Natural Resources CNQ.TO rose 4.9 percent to C$36.48, while Suncor Energy SU.TO climbed 5.5 percent to C$32.37. Imperial Oil IMO.TO climbed 3.7 percent to C$40.89 and EnCana Corp ECA.TO rose 3.9 percent to C$32.42. Teck Resources TCKb.TO was up 6.6 percent at C$36.79.
Market watchers said a key catalyst for the resource-heavy TSX was China's dismissal of a report that it was concerned about its euro-zone bond holdings. Beijing said Europe remains a key investment market for its foreign exchange reserves, helping to push up the euro and global equity markets. [ID:nTOE64Q04P] [FRX/] [MKTS/GLOB] Continued...