CANADA STOCKS-TSX edges higher on oils, fertilizers
* TSX gains 0.12 percent to 11,345.11
* Oil heads towards $70, lifts energy issues
* Sentiment boosted by U.S. retail sales figures (Adds details)
TORONTO, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index was slightly higher on Tuesday morning as energy and materials issues firmed on a rising oil price and demand for fertilizer shares, while much of the rest of the market declined.
Oil rose toward $70 a barrel on Tuesday, boosted by a weaker dollar and an expected draw in U.S. crude stocks, [nSP312072], and that pushed up the index's energy group more than 1 percent.
Gold-mining issues were mixed as the price of the yellow metal fell but was off session lows. Goldcorp G.TO was up 0.8 percent at C$44.60, while Kinross K.TO advanced 0.7 percent to C$24.09. But Barrick Gold fell 0.5 percent to C$40.32, while Agnico-Eagle slipped 0.9 percent to C$74.54.
Investors also drew comfort from U.S. retail sales, which advanced at their fastest clip in more than three years in August, and provided evidence that household spending was probably rising. [ID:nN15548319] Continued...