CANADA STOCKS-Gold miners lead TSX higher at open

Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:42am EST
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 TORONTO, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
opened higher on Thursday, following along as global markets,
gold and oil were all higher on the final trading day of 2009.
 The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was up 26.43 points,
or 0.23 percent, at 11,743.89. Nine of the TSX's 10 main groups
were higher, led by the materials group, which was up 0.8
 Gold miners were among the most influential movers as the
price of gold topped $1,100 an ounce. Barrick Gold (ABX.TO: Quote) was
up 0.9 percent at C$42.80 and Goldcorp (G.TO: Quote) rose 1.1 percent
to C$41.55.
 (Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; editing by Peter Galloway)