* TSX up 63.18 points, or 0.44 percent, to 14,513.87
* Nine of the TSX's 10 main groups move higher
TORONTO, Sept 19 Canada's main stock index rose
on Monday as higher oil prices boosted the stocks of energy
companies, while big banks also gained as investors bet that the
U.S. Federal Reserve will hold rates steady this week.
The country's biggest banks were among the index's most
influential gainers with Bank of Nova Scotia up 0.9
percent to C$70.56 and Toronto-Dominion Bank advancing
0.6 percent to C$57.53.
Insurer Manulife Financial Corp added 1.3 percent
to C$18.27 and the overall financials group gained 0.7 percent.
At 9:54 a.m. EDT (1354 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's
S&P/TSX composite index rose 63.18 points, or 0.44
percent, to 14,513.87.
Nine of the index's 10 main groups were in positive
territory, with only consumer staples slipping. Advancers were
outnumbering decliners by more than 4-to-1.
The energy group climbed 0.8 percent as oil prices bounced
back from multi-week lows, hauling up world stock markets and
commodity-linked currencies, on hints that producers were close
to reaching an output deal.
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd rose 1 percent to
C$38.97 and Encana Corp was up 2.3 percent to C$13.17.
The materials group, which includes precious and base metals
miners and fertilizer companies, added 0.6 percent, with
diversified miner Teck Resources Ltd up 1 percent to
U.S. crude prices were up 1.6 percent to $43.71 a
barrel, while Brent added 1.3 percent to $46.34.
(Reporting by Alastair Sharp; Editing by Bill Trott)