CANADA STOCKS-Gold miners lead TSX to 15-month high
* Key index hits highest level since Sept 2008.
* Gold stocks up 3 percent as bullion prices rise
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By Claire Sibonney
TORONTO, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index climbed for a fifth straight session on Wednesday, boosted by strength in its weighty materials sector as a stronger bullion price lifted shares of gold miners.
Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO: Quote), up 2 percent at C$43.32, played the biggest role of any stock in leading the index higher. Goldcorp Inc (G.TO: Quote), up 2 percent at C$43.59, also added to the gains as gold prices rose to near three-week highs as fresh new year investment flows boosted commodities. [GOL/]
At 11:55 a.m. (1655 GMT) the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was up 45.8 points, or 0.39 percent, at 11,933.88. The index at one point hit as high as 11,953.28.
"We continue to see a broad-based rally in base metals and precious metals that has a two-fold emphasis," said Peter Chandler, senior vice president at Canaccord Wealth Management. Continued...