CANADA STOCKS-Manulife deal helps TSX rise, but oil shares drop

April 8, 2015 8:49 PM

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TORONTO, April 8 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index barely managed to extend its rally to five sessions on Wednesday as energy stocks tumbled in line with a pullback in oil prices, although much of the index outside resources recorded gains.

Manulife Financial Corp led major financial stocks higher after signing an Asian distribution deal, while a range of telecom, consumer, healthcare and industrial names made more modest gains.

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