CANADA STOCKS-TSX opens up after surprise jobs data

TORONTO, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index opened higher on Friday as unexpectedly strong North American jobs data supported demand for riskier assets.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index

opened up 6.99 points, or 0.06 percent, to 12,454.67, before modestly extending gains to 12,472.40.

(Reporting by Claire Sibonney; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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