Toronto stock index set for higher open
*TSX may get boost from Barrick results
*Oil pulls back from Wednesday's gains
*Imperial Oil results may be in focus
TORONTO, July 31 (Reuters) - The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index was expected to open higher on Thursday, extending its previous gains, as a ream of quarterly results including mining heavyweight Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO: Quote) may cheer investors.
Barrick Gold said its second-quarter profit rose 22 percent, as soaring gold prices outpaced rising costs.
The results could help to set a positive tone for the day, extending the benchmark index's more than 2 percent rise in the previous session, said Joe Ismail, technical analyst at Maison Placements Canada.
"It's still on a positive note and I wouldn't expect it to change its course in the short term," Ismail said of the benchmark index's performance.
"We still have enough momentum to push forward unless we get a complete surprise in one of the major company earnings."