June 3, 2016 / 8:52 PM / 4 years ago

CANADA STOCKS-TSX gains as gold miners jump; up 0.9 pct for week

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* TSX ends up 89.79 points, or 0.64 percent, at 14,226.78

* Half of 10 main groups gain

* Index gains 0.9 percent on week, 4th straight weekly rise

By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO, June 3 (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index gained on Friday as gold miners jumped with the precious metal after weak U.S. jobs data hurt the U.S. dollar, offsetting losses for financial stocks and some energy companies.

Seventeen of the 20 most influential gainers on the index were from the materials group, which includes precious and base metals miners and fertilizer companies. The group gained 6.5 percent.

Barrick Gold Corp jumped 11.6 percent to C$24.81, Goldcorp Inc gained 6.4 percent to C$23.65, and Kinross Gold rose 13.4 percent to C$6.45.

“If you want to employ a levered way to play the gold area, this is gold miners rather than the price of gold,” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier.

Gold prices surged more than 2 percent after U.S. payrolls data fell well short of forecasts, bolstering the view that the Federal Reserve would hold interest rates steady.

Diversified miners also gained as a range of base metals prices were boosted by a weaker U.S. dollar.

Teck Resources advanced 7.3 percent to C$13.85, and First Quantum Minerals gained 6.4 percent to C$9.15.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed up 89.79 points, or 0.64 percent, at 14,226.78. It gained 0.9 percent on the week, its fourth straight weekly advance.

Among the main laggards was Manulife Financial Corp , which declined 2 percent to C$19.04. The insurer said late on Thursday that it would take a 49 percent stake in a Toronto real estate company.

Brookfield Asset Management slipped 0.8 percent to C$45.84 after Asciano shareholders voted for Brookfield’s buyout proposal.

The overall financials group slipped 0.4 percent, with Royal Bank of Canada down 0.5 percent to C$79.26, and Toronto-Dominion Bank off 0.6 percent at C$57.25.

Half of the index’s 10 main groups gained and decliners outnumbered advancers by five to four.

The energy group retreated 0.5 percent, with Suncor Energy Inc down 1 percent at C$35.60.

Oil prices fell after industry data showed U.S. drillers added rigs in the week.

U.S. crude prices were down 0.7 percent to $48.83 a barrel, while Brent lost 0.4 percent to $49.84.

Gold futures rose 2.5 percent to $1,243.8 an ounce and copper prices advanced 1.7 percent to $4,688 a tonne.

Canada ran a near-record trade deficit of C$2.94 billion ($2.28 billion) in April as the economy continued to struggle with weak crude oil prices that have slashed the value of exports and curbed growth. (Reporting by Alastair Sharp; Editing by Nick Zieminski and Alan Crosby)

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