TSX rises as energy, industrials and materials gain

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(Reuters) - Canada's main stock index ended slightly higher on Wednesday, with gains in energy, industrials and materials groups offsetting losses from financials as the market recovered from a large sell-off the day before.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite followed U.S. stocks in ending slightly up as investors focused on President Donald Trump's struggle to push through a healthcare bill and snapped up stocks after a steep drop the day before.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE ended up 35.33 points, or 0.23 percent, at 15,348.46.

"It's just the correlation with the U.S. market," said Marcus Xu, president and director, portfolio manager, of M.Y. Capital Management Corp.

"Yesterday there was some jitter on the financials and the market was down quite a bit, and today I think it's just a little bit of rebound."

The energy group climbed 0.4 percent, with Suncor Energy Inc (SU.TO: Quote) up 0.4 percent at C$40.70, and TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO: Quote) up 0.7 percent at C$61.50.

The increase came even as the price of oil, one of Canada's leading exports, slipped to its lowest since late November after data showed record-high U.S. crude inventories rising faster than expected, raising doubts over the viability of OPEC-led output cuts.

U.S. crude CLc1 prices were down 0.3 percent to $48.12 a barrel, while Brent crude LCOc1 lost 0.5 percent to $50.72.[O/R]

The financials group slipped 0.2 percent. Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO: Quote) fell 0.2 percent to C$95.21, and Toronto Dominion Bank (TD.TO: Quote) slipped 0.2 percent to C$64.72.   Continued...

A sign board displaying Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) stock information is seen in Toronto June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch