CANADA STOCKS-TSX jumps 1.6 percent as energy shares rebound

Mon Feb 2, 2015 4:40pm EST
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* TSX up 226.99 points, or 1.55 percent, at 14,900.47

* Nine of 10 main index sectors advance

* Canadian Oil Sands jumps more than 20 percent

By John Tilak

TORONTO, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index ended about 1.6 percent higher on Monday as oil prices jumped on hopes that they might be nearing a bottom, sending shares of energy producers sharply higher.

Investors have been rushing back to the battered energy sector to take advantage of appealing valuations, with the oil price rallying off multiyear lows since late last week as some concerns about excess supply began to ease. Shares of energy producers added 4.5 percent on Monday, adding to a 4.7 percent gain in the previous session.

The strength helped offset sluggish economic data from China and a slowdown in Canadian manufacturing sector growth.

"We're seeing roller-coaster investing. Nobody knows which direction the market is going to go on any given day," said Adrian Mastracci, portfolio manager at KCM Wealth Management, who cautions that investors should expect more volatility this year.

"I like energy, but there is some risk there. You try to step up and buy some, when nobody else wants it," he added.   Continued...