CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises to near two-week high on bets Britain stays in EU

Thu Jun 23, 2016 12:25pm EDT
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* TSX up 140.29 points, or 1 pct, to 14,144.1

* Index touches highest since June 10 at 14,150.40

* All of the TSX's 10 main groups were higher

TORONTO, June 23 (Reuters) - Canada's benchmark stock index hit a nearly two-week high on Thursday, led by financial and energy stocks after a series of last-minute opinion polls pointed to Britain staying in the European Union and bookmakers' odds indicated a shift toward the "Remain" camp.

Global equities and oil prices rose with the world watching as Britons voted in a referendum on whether to leave the EU, changing the face of Europe, or to stay.

Some of the most influential movers on the index were Canada's heavyweight banks. Royal Bank of Canada climbed 1.5 percent to C$79.61 and Toronto-Dominion Bank advanced 1.2 percent to C$56.86, while the overall financials group rose 1.2 percent.

Energy stocks rallied 1.8 percent, including a 2.2 percent gain for Suncor Energy Inc to C$35.55.

U.S. crude prices were up 0.7 percent at $49.48 a barrel.

Shares of BlackBerry Ltd rose 3.1 percent to C$8.90. The smartphone industry pioneer broke even in the first quarter, topping expectations, and forecast a smaller-than-expected annual loss, even as its revenue fell sharply.   Continued...