January 8, 2009 / 9:08 PM / in 9 years

CANADA STOCKS-Gold lifts TSX to higher close

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

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