CANADA STOCKS-Strong financials lead TSX rally

Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:08pm EDT
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TORONTO, April 21 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index rose 1.35 percent percent on Tuesday, helped by upbeat comments from the U.S. treasury secretary and a sharp jump in Teck Cominco TCKn.TO shares after the miner said its lenders had agreed to defer billions in debt payments.

The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE rose 122.93 points, or 1.35 percent, to unofficially close at 9,249.08. Eight of the TSX's 10 sectors climbed, particularly the heavily weighted financial group, which climbed 2.68 percent. (Reporting by Cameron French; editing by Peter Galloway)