CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises on Europe relief, ends quarter lower

Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:22pm EDT
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* TSX rises 30.59 points, or 0.27 percent, to 11,294.42.

* Index down 3.2 percent in June, falls 6.2 percent in Q2. (Adds details, quotes)

By Claire Sibonney

TORONTO, June 30 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index bounced higher on Wednesday following two days of steep falls as investors scooped up cheaper shares after fears of a funding crisis for European banks eased and U.S. data showed improved business activity.

Among heavyweight gainers, Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ.TO: Quote) jumped 0.8 percent to C$35.33, Bank of Montreal (BMO.TO: Quote) added 0.7 percent to C$57.74, and Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO: Quote) shot 1.9 percent higher to C$48.32.

"After two horrific down days, you'd expect a bounce," said John Kinsey, a portfolio manager at Caldwell Securities.

Market sentiment was boosted partly by news that the European Central Bank said commercial banks don't have to borrow as much as had been expected, easing concerns about how they would repay large emergency loans. [ID:nLDE65T0VB]

Investors digested a mixed bag of economic data: U.S. Midwest business activity grew more than expected, helping to offset a weak U.S. private sector jobs report, but Canadian GDP figures for April were flat. [ID:nN30395701] [ID:nN30434455]

Adding to investors' nervousness about the shaky global economic recovery and capping the index's gains, Moody's Investors Service announced it may cut Spain's Aaa debt rating and commodity prices weakened. [ID:nN30242422] [O/R] [MET/L] [GOL/]   Continued...