CANADA STOCKS-Toronto index pops higher at open on energy rally

Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:39am EDT
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TORONTO, March 19 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index surged at the open on Thursday as a rise in oil prices gave a jolt to energy shares amid hopes that easing measures taken by the U.S. Federal Reserve could boost the global economy.

The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE opened up 155.53 points, or 1.8 percent, at 8,784.63. It climbed further to gain more than 2 percent. Seven of the TSX's 10 sectors were higher, led by a 4 percent rise in the energy group. (Reporting by Frank Pingue; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)