TSX gains 1.7 percent on week, miners weigh on the day

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By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index barely extended a 19-month high on Friday, jumping 1.7 percent over the week, as heavyweight energy and bank stocks gained with rising oil prices and bond yields while mining losses eclipsed broad gains.

The materials group, which includes precious and base metals miners and fertilizer companies, lost 2.1 percent. Diversified miner Teck Resources Ltd fell 6.9 percent to C$29.37.

"I think the materials have run way too far too fast and have been completely overplayed," said Barry Schwartz, portfolio manager at Baskin Financial Services. "I would be hesitant to put any money in that sector at the moment."

Materials stocks powered higher from mid-January to an August peak but have since trimmed some gains. Teck has only turned lower since late November.

Gold fell to a 10 month low as the U.S. dollar and global equities rose, heading for a fifth straight weekly decline on expectations of a U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate hike next week. [GOL/]

Barrick Gold Corp, the world's largest producer, fell 3 percent to C$20.38.

Ivanhoe Mines Ltd jumped 16.6 percent to C$2.74. Bernstein started coverage of the company with an outperform rating and a C$10 price target.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index ended up 17.00 points, or 0.11 percent, at 15,312.20, after touching its highest since May 2015 at 15,347.74. Seven of its 10 main groups gained.   Continued...

A TMX Group sign, the company that runs the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), is seen in Toronto, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch