CANADA STOCKS-TSX rides railways, gold price to higher close
* TSX ends up 147.55 points at 11,025.90
* Record high gold price boosts gold miners
* Railways rise on Buffett's deal for Burlington Northern (Adds closing figures, adds quotes)
By Jennifer Kwan
TORONTO, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index shot higher on Tuesday as gold prices hit a record high above $1,080 an ounce, boosting Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO: Quote) and other gold miners.
Barrick rose 6.6 percent to C$41.97 and Goldcorp (G.TO: Quote) climbed 7 percent to C$42.96. Yamana Gold YRI.TO shot 7.6 percent higher to C$12.54. The index's materials group, home to miners and fertilizer companies, finished the day up 4.1 percent.
The price of gold hit a record high at $1,080 an ounce on Tuesday, as investors embraced news of the International Monetary Fund's 200 tonne sale of gold to India's central bank. [GOL/]
As well, strength in railway stocks helped to lift the index after news that Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will buy rail company Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp in a $26 billion deal. [ID:nN03483590]
"There's some commentary that suggests this is a bet on the United States and the economy going forward," said Rick Meslin, head of Canadian equities at UBS. "Mr. Buffett still carries a lot of weight and him calling the rails a value bet is saying a lot about the overall industrial sector."
Canadian National Railway CNR.TO shares climbed 1.8 percent to C$53.50, while Canadian Pacific Railway CP.TO shares rose 3.2 percent to C$48.75.
The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was up 147.55 points, or 1.36 percent, at 11,025.90. Earlier it had fallen more than 1 percent to 10,751.72.
($1=$1.07 Canadian) (Reporting by Jennifer Kwan; editing by Peter Galloway)
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