Aug 27 (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index rose on Thursday, lifted by tentative signs of a rebound in domestic trade activity, while U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s new aggressive strategy to support the U.S. economy further bolstered sentiment.
* Canada’s current account deficit narrowed to C$8.63 billion in the second quarter from a revised C$13.22 billion deficit in the first quarter, on a lower trade deficit on both goods and services, Statistics Canada said.
* Adding to the upward spiral, Powell rolled out a new strategy to restore the United States to full employment and lift inflation back to healthier levels.
* At 0943 a.m. ET (1343 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 37.43 points, or 0.22%, at 16,827.4.
* The financials sector gained 1% as Toronto-Dominion Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce jumped 1.2% and 1.8%, respectively, after both lenders topped analysts’ expectations for the third quarter.
* The energy sector fell 0.5% as U.S. crude prices were down 0.3% a barrel, while Brent crude lost 0.5%.
* The materials sector, which includes precious and base metals miners and fertilizer companies, lost 0.6% even though gold futures rose 1.6% to $1,972.5 an ounce.
* On the TSX, 111 issues were higher, while 103 issues declined for a 1.08-to-1 ratio favouring gainers, with 19.66 million shares traded.
* The largest percentage gainer in the TSX was Tricon Residential Inc, which jumped 6.1% after Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc agreed to invest $300 million in the rental housing company.
* BRP Inc rose 5.1% after the all-terrain vehicle maker reported a surprise second-quarter profit.
* Gold miner Equinox Gold Corp fell 2.8%, the most in the TSX index, while the second-biggest decliner was Real Matters Inc, down 2.3%.
* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Sun Life Financial Inc, Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd and Air Canada.
* The TSX posted three new 52-week highs and no new lows.
* Across all Canadian issues, there were 41 new 52-week highs and six new lows, with total volume of 35.29 million shares. (Reporting by Amal S in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
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