Toronto stocks end higher on lift from banks

Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:07pm EDT
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TORONTO, March 20 (Reuters) - The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index recovered from early losses to end higher on Thursday, as financial issues were buoyed by optimism over Bank of Montreal's (BMO.TO: Quote) deal to restructure two of its commercial paper trusts.

The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE unofficially closed up 72.56 points, or 0.57 percent, at 12,781.94. (Reporting by Leah Schnurr; editing by Rob Wilson)