June 17, 2008 / 1:53 PM / in 9 years

Toronto stocks open up on financials, materials

TORONTO, June 17 (Reuters) - The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index climbed on Tuesday shortly after trading began, propelled by gains in fertilizer firms and financials.

The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was up 87.00 points, or 0.58 percent, at 15,031.28.

The materials sector added 0.9 percent, with help from Potash Corp of Saskatchewan (POT.TO), which rose C$3.33, or 1.4 percent, to C$239.00, while Agrium (AGU.TO) was up C$2.20, or 2 percent, at C$110.50.

The financials group, making up about a third of the index's weighting, gained 0.9 percent, after Goldman Sachs Group (GS.N) said its quarterly earnings fell but still beat expectations.

All of the major Canadian banks rose, including Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM.TO), which climbed C$1.03, or 1.6 percent, to C$65.88. ($1=$1.02 Canadian) (Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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