CANADA STOCKS-Toronto index ends dismal '08 with 3rd gain in row

Wed Dec 31, 2008 4:15pm EST
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CALGARY, Alberta Dec 31 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index jumped nearly 2 percent on Wednesday to end the worst year for Canadian stocks since the Great Depression on a positive note.

The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE unofficially closed up 150.51 points, or 1.7 percent, at 8,981.23 in a third-straight session of triple-digit gains. (Reporting by Jeffrey Jones; editing by Rob Wilson)