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* TSX up 85.96 points, or 0.55 percent, to 15,602.71
* Index is less than 100 points from record high
TORONTO, Jan 5 Canada's main stock index on
Thursday extended a rally that brought it near to an all-time
high, as resource stocks rose with higher commodity prices and
financial shares pushed higher.
The most influential movers on the index included two of the
world's largest gold producers, with Barrick Gold jumping 5
percent to C$22.90 and Goldcorp Inc up 3.3 percent to
C$19.63 as gold prices touched their highest in four weeks.
A slew of smaller gold miners also gained.
The materials group, which includes precious and base metals
miners and fertilizer companies, added 2.9 percent.
The energy group climbed 0.2 percent as oil prices rose
after Saudi Arabia started talks with customers about a
reduction in crude sales to support a plan by OPEC to lower
Penn West Petroleum Ltd advanced 3.3 percent to C$2.52 after
it raised its 2017 capital budget and upped its production
The heavyweight financials group gained 0.3 percent, with
Royal Bank of Canada rising 0.5 percent to C$93.33 and
Toronto-Dominion Bank advancing 0.5 percent to C$67.97.
At 10:36 a.m. ET (1536 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's
S&P/TSX composite index rose 85.96 points, or 0.55
percent, to 15,602.71.
It was within striking distance of its all-time high of
15,685.13, which was hit in September 2014.
The value of Canadian equity issues rose to an all-time high
in 2016, driven by large deals in the energy and mining sectors,
according to Thomson Reuters data released on Thursday.
U.S. crude prices were up 1.1 percent to $53.86 a
barrel, while Brent added 1.1 percent to $57.06.
Gold futures rose 1 percent to $1,175.9 an ounce,
while copper prices declined 0.5 percent to $5,615 a
Canadian producer prices increased by 0.3 percent in
November from October on higher costs for vehicles and primary
non-ferrous metal products, Statistics Canada said.
(Reporting by Alastair Sharp; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)