CANADA STOCKS-TSX follows financials slightly higher at open

Wed Apr 8, 2009 9:37am EDT
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TORONTO, April 8 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index rose at the open on Wednesday as financial shares got a boost from news of U.S. government aid for life insurers, offsetting the drag of lower oil prices on energy shares.

The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE rose 9.24 points, or 0.1 percent, to 8,833.99 at the open. Eight of the TSX's sectors were higher.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)