RPT-CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises 2 pct on commodity strength, banks

Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:54pm EDT
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TORONTO, March 31 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index rose 2 percent on Tuesday afternoon, boosted by strength in commodity prices and by improved sentiment for financials after British bank Barclays (BARC.L: Quote) declined to take part in a government asset-protection plan.

The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was up 172.04 points, or 2.0 percent, at 8,768.26. (Reporting by Jennifer Kwan; editing by Peter Galloway)