CORRECTED - TSX rises as oil gains help energy sector

Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:35pm EST
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 (Corrects second paragraph to show Cenovus rose 2.3 percent, correcting
percentage gain)
 * TSX up 0.18 percent at 11,566.83
 * Oil rises above $70 a barrel after nine days of declines
 * Financial stocks down after U.S. data
 By Irene Kuan
 TORONTO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
edged higher on Tuesday, reversing earlier losses, as a gain in
oil prices after a long losing streak lifted EnCana Corp
ECA.TO and other shares in the energy sector.
 Shares of EnCana were up 2.09 percent at C$32.21, while
Suncor Energy SU.TO rose 0.78 percent to C$37.38. Cenovus
Energy CVE.N was up 2.3 percent at C$27.03.
 Oil rose above $70 a barrel on Tuesday, with cold weather
supporting prices, after falling for nine straight days, the
longest continuous decline in eight years. [O/R]
 "Oil up, price of gas up, XTO got taken over yesterday.
It's been a laggard in my view for a while, so I think that's
the reason why there's a bit of a catch-up there," Ian
Nakamoto, director of research at MacDougall, MacDougall &
MacTier, said of energy shares.
 Shares of gold-mining stocks also pared some losses as
bullion prices rebounded after U.S. inflation data for November
came in higher than expected, boosting interest in the metal as
a hedge against rising prices. Earlier, the price of gold had
fallen more than 1 percent. [GOL/]
 Gold miners were still down about 1 percent at midday, with
heavyweight Barrick Gold ABX.TO falling 30 Canadian cents to
 At 11:50 a.m. (1650 GMT), the S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE was up 21.14 points, or 0.18 percent, at 11,566.83.
 The index had opened lower following a report showing U.S.
producer prices rose more than expected, igniting fears of
inflationary pressures. [ID:nN15217719]
 "On the more worrisome side, some of the inflation numbers
were higher than expected, the PPI (producer price index)
numbers specifically, so we're getting mixed reports
throughout," said Steve Ibel, institutional equities trader at
Beacon Securities in Halifax.
 Financial shares, which opened weaker following the data,
remained lower. Royal Bank of Canada RY.TO fell 1.11 percent
to C$55.08. Toronto-Dominion Bank TD.TO was down 1.45 percent
at C$65.47.
 ($1=$1.06 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Irene Kuan; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)