CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises on U.S. earnings, China growth
* TSX up 33.52 points at 12,237.94
* Materials, financials, energy lead index higher
By Claire Sibonney
TORONTO, April 15 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index edged higher on Thursday morning as steady commodity prices, strong U.S. earnings and surging Chinese economic growth offset persisting worries over debt-laden Greece.
China, the world's top consumer of copper, reported economic growth accelerated in the first quarter to 11.9 percent, the fastest annual pace in nearly three years, boosting the Toronto index's materials sector by 0.3 percent.
Base-metals miner First Quantum Minerals (FM.TO: Quote) rose 0.6 percent to C$80.49, and HudBay Minerals HBM.TO shot up 3.5 percent to C$14.14.
Oil held near $86 a barrel, which helped support energy stocks, even though strength in the U.S. dollar tempered an early rally on news of the Chinese data. [O/R]