*TSX rises 28.89 points, or 0.25 percent, at 11,614.76
*Seven of 10 sectors rise; banks lead gains
By Trish Nixon
TORONTO, Sept 29 Toronto's main stock market
index rose on Thursday morning, but was off early highs, as
optimism about the global economy picked up after the release
of positive U.S. data and a vote in the German parliament to
approve a stronger euro zone bailout fund.
But the TSX index retreated from an early jump of 1.5
percent to a high of 11,754.62 as markets reflected on the big
challenges still ahead for the euro zone amid demands for more
far-reaching measures to prevent a crisis that began in Greece
from spreading far beyond Europe and its banks.
"The market has pretty well been trading up and down with
the sentiment coming out of Europe the past few days," said
Robert Kavcic, economist at BMO Capital Markets.
"(The German vote) is certainly a step in the right
direction, but I wouldn't be surprise if we continue to get
At 11:06 a.m. (1506 GMT) the Toronto Stock Exchange's
S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was up 28.89 points, or 0.25
percent, at 11,614.76, with seven of its 10 sectors higher.
Data from south of the border also provided a boost.
Jobless claims fell more than expected last week in the United
States, and revised data showed second-quarter economic growth
was stronger than had been expected. [nS1E78R0SH] [nS1E78S0BT]
Banks and insurers, up 1.2 percent, drove the TSX's gains.
Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO) was the heaviest advancer, rising
1.2 percent to C$48.12, followed by Manulife Financial
(MFC.TO), up 3.1 percent at C$12.08, and Toronto-Dominion Bank
(TD.TO), which rose 1 percent to C$74.30.
Energy issues rose 0.3 percent, lifted by oil prices that
rose more than $1 a barrel. Cenovus Energy was up 1.4 percent
at C$32.58, while Suncor Energy added 0.9 percent to C$27.29.
The index's materials sector sank 0.9 percent, pressured by
base-metal miners as copper prices slipped. Potash Corp
(POT.TO) was the heaviest decliner, down 1 percent at C$46.52,
while Silver Wheaton SLW.TO lost 3.2 percent to C$30.64 and
Ivanhoe Mines (IVN.TO) fell 4.9 percent to C$15.29. [MET/L]
(Reporting by Trish Nixon; editing by Peter Galloway)