CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises to 1-year high, helped by U.S. jobs data

Fri Aug 5, 2016 5:15pm EDT
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* TSX up 119.99 points, or 0.83 percent, at 14,648.77

* Nine of the TSX's 10 main groups ended higher

By Fergal Smith

TORONTO, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose to a one-year high on Friday, led by financial and energy stocks after strong U.S. jobs data raised expectations for the growth outlook and for higher U.S. interest rates.

The index has rallied nearly 27 percent since plunging to a three-year low in January. It rose 0.5 percent this week.

"We saw some rotation out of the gold complex that is going directly back into the energy complex and some money that was also still looking for yield is staying within the financials," said Sid Mokhtari, director, institutional equity research, CIBC World Markets.

Data showed that U.S. employment growth increased more than expected in July and wages picked up, which bolstered expectations of an acceleration in economic growth in Canada's largest trading partner and raised the probability of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike this year.

Reduced fear, since the most recent Fed announcement, that U.S. rates will turn negative has been supportive of financial stocks and the overall market, Mokhtari said.   Continued...