* TSX up 54.78 points, or 0.36 pct, to 15,464.56
* Four of the TSX’s 10 main industry groups were up
* Materials up 3.4 pct, energy stocks up 1.4 pct
By Solarina Ho
TORONTO, June 6 (Reuters) - Canada’s benchmark stock index rose on Tuesday as a surge in oil and gold prices sent energy and mining companies rallying.
The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index rose 54.78 points, or 0.36 percent, to finish at 15,464.56.
Of the index’s 10 main groups, four advanced, including a 3.4 percent jump in materials, which include gold miners, and a 1.4 percent lift in oil and gas companies.
Gold leaped to a seven-month high on safe-haven demand ahead of a slew of key events on Thursday and after the U.S. dollar fell to a seven-month low. Gold futures rose 1.1 percent to $1,293.8 an ounce.
Gold firms dominated the index on the positive side, with Barrick Gold climbing 4.9 percent to C$22.86, and Goldcorp Inc rising 4.5 percent to C$18.89. Kinross Gold Corp rallied 8.6 percent to C$6.21.
Iamgold Corp soared 11.7 percent to C$6.78 after Japan’s Sumitomo Metal Mining Co said it agreed to take an interest in a gold mining project from the company for $195 million.
Energy stocks, which have bounced alongside seesawing crude prices, rose as the commodity found technical support after sliding below $47 a barrel. Prices have stumbled amid uncertainty over the impact of an Arab rift over Qatar.
“A lot of these names on a year-to-date basis, have been pretty beaten up,” said Manash Goswami, portfolio manager with First Asset Investment Management Inc. “If you’re looking for value, you definitely want to look at sectors that have lagged - energy has been one of those.”
Goswami said the market was otherwise taking a pause, with overall investor sentiment cautious ahead of a busy Thursday which will see Britain heading to voting booths and former FBI director James Comey testifying before the U.S. Congress. The European Central Bank is also meeting the same day.
Tempering gains was a 0.6 percent retreat in financial services companies. The group includes Canada’s biggest banks and insurers and accounts for about a third of the index’s weight. Manulife Financial Corp declined 1.5 percent to C$23.15, while Royal Bank of Canada gave up 0.8 percent to finish at C$92.81.
Hudson’s Bay Co, which reports quarterly results on Thursday, fell 3.5 percent to C$9.73, tracking U.S. department store stocks which slumped after Macy’s Inc warned of a bigger-than-expected drop in gross margins.
Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the TSX by 141 to 101, for a 1.40-to-1 ratio on the upside. (Reporting by Solarina Ho; Editing by Tom Brown)