UPDATE 2-Toronto stocks rise with commodities

Thu Dec 6, 2007 3:47pm EST
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(Updates stock prices, adds detail)

TORONTO Dec 6 (Reuters) - The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index jumped on Thursday afternoon in a broad rise led by strong resource issues supported by higher commodity prices.

The materials sector was up 2.3 percent, helped by a rally in gold prices and a surge in units of Fording Canadian Coal Trust FDG_u.TO after it said it was looking at its options, including the sale of the company.

Fording was the biggest net advancer by weight, up C$4.50, or 13.1 percent, to C$38.95. Elsewhere in the sector, Teck Cominco TCKb.TO, which has a nearly 20 percent stake in Fording, rose C$1.50, or 4.1 percent, to C$38.00.

The energy sector was up 1.5 percent while the price of oil climbed $3.10 to $90.59 a barrel on supply concerns and weakness in the U.S. dollar.

Petro-Canada PCA.TO was ahead C$1.18, or 2.4 percent, at C$50.46, and Suncor Energy SU.TO gained C$1.01, or 1 percent, to C$103.63.

The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was up 94.48 points, or 0.69 percent, at 13,829.02 by late afternoon, with all but one of the TSX's 10 main groups in positive territory.

Stocks also got some support as U.S. President George W. Bush outlined a plan to freeze interest-rate increases on adjustable-rate subprime mortgages for five years.

But financials remained the lone sector on the downside, as shares of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce CM.TO tumbled after the bank said its hedged exposure to the subprime market could result in significant losses.

CIBC fell C$5.99, or 6.9 percent, to C$81.10, while Royal Bank of Canada RY.TO was down 47 Canadian cents, or 0.9 percent, at C$52.68. The sector was down 1 percent.

($1=$1.01 Canadian) (Reporting by Leah Schnurr and Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Rob Wilson)