* TSX up 79.65 points, or 0.52 percent, to 15,407.8
* Five of the TSX's 10 main groups were up
TORONTO Dec 28 Canada's main stock index rose
in morning trading on Wednesday, mirroring global stock market
gains, as resource and energy stocks helped lead the market
Trading, which resumed after a long Christmas break, is
expected to be lighter than usual, however, due to the holiday
shortened work week.
The most influential movers on the index included Barrick
Gold, which rose 2.6 percent to C$20.21, and Potash
Corp, which advanced 2.3 percent to C$24.95.
The overall materials group, which includes precious and
base metals miners and fertilizer companies, added 2.8 percent.
Canadian National Railway was also a key market
mover, advancing 1.2 percent to C$92.62. Industrials rose 0.2
At 10:26 AM ET (1526 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's
S&P/TSX composite index rose 79.65 points, or 0.52
percent, to 15,407.8.
Of the index's 10 main groups, half were in positive
Energy stocks climbed 0.8 percent, bolstered in part by
crude prices that remained near 2015 highs. U.S. crude
prices were up 0.4 percent to $54.1 a barrel, while Brent crude
added 0.5 percent to $56.38.
The influential Royal Bank of Canada rose 0.4
percent to C$92.08, which helped give the financials a 0.2
Financials, energy and materials combined make up two-thirds
of the index's weight.
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the TSX by
174 to 69, for a 2.52-to-1 ratio on the upside.
The index was posting 6 new 52-week highs and no new lows.
(Reporting by Solarina Ho; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)