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CANADA STOCKS-TSX notches biggest gain since July, led by financials

TORONTO, March 1 (Reuters) - Canada's benchmark stock index on Wednesday posted its biggest percentage gain since July as its financial services group cheered prospects of a March rate hike from the Federal Reserve, while resource, industrial and consumer shares also climbed.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed up 200.44 points, or 1.30 percent, at 15,599.68. Nine of the index's 10 main industry groups ended higher.

(Reporting by Fergal Smith; Editing by James Dalgleish)