CANADA STOCKS-TSX rides railways, gold price to higher close

Tue Nov 3, 2009 4:58pm EST
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 * 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
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 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
 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: Quote) 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
 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.
 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: Quote) shares climbed 1.8
percent to C$53.50, while Canadian Pacific Railway (CP.TO: Quote)
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 in the day it had fallen
more than 1 percent to 10,751.72.
 Oil rose nearly 2 percent to above $79 a barrel on Tuesday
after data showed U.S. factory orders in September expanded at
a quicker pace than expected, signaling potential for more fuel
demand in the world's biggest energy consumer. [O/R]
 The index's energy sector was up 0.42 percent, with
Canadian Natural Resource (CNQ.TO: Quote) up 0.8 percent at C$69.00.
 BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion RIM.TO, up 6.2
percent at C$63.89, also helped to push the index higher.
 Heavyweight movers on the downside included Suncor Energy
(SU.TO: Quote), down 1.8 percent at C$34.96, and Royal Bank of Canada
(RY.TO: Quote), which fell 0.4 percent to C$54.68.
 The blue chip S&P/TSX 60 index  closed 8.54 points
higher, or 1.32 percent, at 654.63.
 ($1=$1.07 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Jennifer Kwan; editing by Peter Galloway)