Toronto stocks inch higher on back of oil shares
TORONTO Dec 31 (Reuters) - The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index inched up early on Monday, the last trading day of the year, as rising energy stocks outweighed falling materials stocks.
The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE added 26.87 points, or 0.2 percent, at 13,848.21 with seven of its 10 main groups in positive territory.
U.S. crude oil futures advanced 60 cents to $96.60 a barrel, spurring the TSX oil and gas sector up 0.3 percent. Suncor Energy SU.TO added 97 Canadian cents to C$109.36.
The TSX materials sector, meanwhile, fell 0.3 percent with Potash Corp of Saskatchewan POT.TO down 28 Canadian cents at C$141.33.
The index has risen modestly in December, and is set to finish 7 percent higher in 2007. Canada's benchmark stock index rose by 14.5 percent in 2006, and by more than 22 percent in 2005.
($1=$0.98 Canadian) (Reporting by Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Ka Yan Ng)
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