CANADA STOCKS-TSX rides financials to higher close

Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:04pm EDT
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TORONTO, March 31 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index shot higher on Tuesday as upbeat news from European financial institutions lifted sentiment, capping off the first monthly gain for the index since August.

The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE unofficially closed up 96.66 points, or 1.12 percent, at 8,692.88. (Reporting by Frank Pingue; editing by Peter Galloway)