TSX rallies as commodity prices drive energy, mining stock gains

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index rose on Tuesday as shares in energy companies and banks were helped higher by a recovery in the price of oil to above $31 a barrel, while a 12-week high for the price of gold helped lift mining stocks.

A man walks past an old Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) sign in Toronto, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

The most influential risers were mostly energy stocks and banks, which together account for more than half of the index’s weight and have both fluctuated in recent days in tandem with moves in the oil market.

“It is clear that the bears are pretty exhausted here and the bulls are starting to take over,” said Colin Cieszynski, senior market analyst at CMC Markets Canada.

The market has rebounded from a three-year low last week. Earlier this month, it was down more than 20 percent from its September 2014 record high, indicating a bear market.

The energy group climbed 4 percent, with Suncor Energy Inc SU.TO adding 3.5 percent to C$31.00 and Canadian Natural Resources CNQ.TO jumping 6.1 percent to C$26.42.

U.S. crude CLc1 prices settled at $31.45 a barrel, up 3.7 percent, as investors hoped OPEC and non-OPEC producers were inching closer to a deal to reduce output amid one of the biggest supply gluts in decades.

“It shows what happens when the commodity prices start turning around and some of the negativity starts going away,” said Cieszynski.

The materials index rose 2.1 percent, including a 3 percent gain for Goldcorp Inc G.TO to C$15.10. Spot gold rose 1.3 percent to $1,121.76 an ounce.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE closed up 188.16 points, or 1.55 percent, at 12,331.32. Nine of the index's 10 main groups were in positive territory.

“The breadth of the rally outside of resource sectors is also very strong and very encouraging,” said Cieszynski.

Financial sector stocks gained nearly 1 percent, with Toronto-Dominion Bank TD.TO rising 1.4 percent to C$50.87 and Bank of Montreal BMO.TO up 1.5 percent at C$72.78.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc VRX.TO rose 4.9 percent to C$138.87, while Canadian National Railway Co CNR.TO was up 1.6 percent at C$71.29.

Retailer Metro Inc MRU.TO fell 3.8 percent to C$40.27 after earlier hitting an all-time high on better-than-expected profit and a hike in its dividend.

Additional reporting by Alastair Sharp; editing by Nick Zieminski and Tom Brown