CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises 2 pct, optimism high

Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:07pm EDT
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TORONTO, July 23 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index gained more than 2 percent to a near six-week high on Thursday, supported by firm commodity prices and a declaration by the Bank of Canada that the recession was virtually over.

The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE unofficially closed up 236.93 points, or 2.27 percent, at 10,669.28. Nine of its 10 main groups were higher. (Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; editing by Rob Wilson)