UPDATE 4-Strong resources push Toronto stocks higher
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* Index ends almost 1 percent higher
* Resource shares support rise as commodities prices climb
* Financials end higher after week of bank results
By Leah Schnurr
TORONTO, May 30 (Reuters) - The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index pushed almost 1 percent higher on Friday as it rode the strength of resource issues, which benefited from firm commodity prices.
Energy companies got a boost as crude finished a see-saw session higher. Canadian Natural Resources CNQ.TO gained C$1.99, or 2.1 percent, to C$97.24, while Imperial Oil (IMO.TO: Quote) rose C$1.05, or 1.9 percent, to C$57.75.
The oil and gas group added 1.4 percent overall, while the resource-laden materials sector pushed up 2.4 percent with help from an advance in precious metals prices.