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 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)