CANADA STOCKS-Gold lifts TSX to higher close

Thu Jan 8, 2009 4:06pm EST
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TORONTO Jan 8 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index finished higher in a late-session burst on Thursday as the materials group was lifted by strength in gold issues.

The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE unofficially finished 1.11 percent higher, up 101.30 points at 9,222.62. Five of the index's 10 main groups were higher.

($1=$1.18 Canadian) (Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; editing by Rob Wilson)