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TSX rises on energy gains, U.S. services sector rebound

(Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index rose on Monday, helped by gains in energy stocks with Brent crude edging higher, as a sharp rebound in the U.S. services sector in June offset worries about a resurgence in global coronavirus cases.

FILE PHOTO: The Art Deco facade of the original Toronto Stock Exchange building is seen on Bay Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada January 23, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

* Investors expect a revival in global growth as the U.S. services industry activity almost returned to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels.

* Oil prices were mixed on Monday, with Brent crude rising higher on tighter supplies and positive economic data, while U.S. benchmark WTI futures dropped on concerns that a spike in coronavirus cases could curb fuel demand in the United States.* The energy sector rose 1.9% as U.S. crude prices were up 0.3% a barrel and Brent crude added 1.07%. [O/R]

* At 9:46 a.m. ET (13:46 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 192.77 points, or 1.24%, at 15,789.52.

* The Canadian dollar was little changed against its U.S. counterpart on Monday, holding near an earlier 13-day high as stocks rallied globally and ahead of the release of a Bank of Canada business survey.

* The financials sector gained 1.4%. The industrials sector rose 0.9%.

* The materials sector, which includes precious and base metals miners and fertilizer companies, added 2.2% as gold futures rose 0.4% to $1797.5 an ounce. [GOL/]

* On the TSX, 202 issues were higher, while 17 issues declined for a 11.88-to-1 ratio favoring gainers, with 22.77 million shares traded.

* The largest percentage gainers on the TSX were Methanex Corp MX.TO, which jumped 6.4%, and Ballard Power Systems Inc BLDP.TO, which rose 6.0%.

* Boardwalk REIT BEI_u.TO fell 0.6%, the most on the TSX. The second biggest decliner was Morneau Shepell Inc MSI.TO, down 0.5%.

* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Bank Of Nova Scotia BNS.TO, up 1.0%, Prairie Provident Resources Inc PPR.TO, up 25.0%, and Toronto Dominion Bank TD.TO, up 1.6%.

* The TSX posted 9 new 52-week highs and no new lows.

* Across all Canadian issues there were 45 new 52-week highs and 3 new lows, with total volume of 48.65 million shares.

Reporting by Shivani Kumaresan in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri

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