April 16 (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock edged higher on Tuesday, lifted by financials and energy stocks as positive economic data from major economies fueled risk appetite, while a drop in gold kept a check on further gains.
* At 9:41 a.m. ET (1341 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX Composite index was up 32.64 points, or 0.2 percent, at 16,548.1.
* Ten of the index’s 11 major sectors were higher.
* The energy sector climbed 0.3 percent as crude edged above $71 a barrel, supported by falling Venezuelan and Iranian exports.
* U.S. crude and Brent crude prices were up 0.1 percent each.
* The financials sector gained 0.3 percent, led by gains in Element Fleet Management and ECN Capital Corp .
* The materials sector, which includes precious and base metals miners, lost 0.8 percent as gold prices fell to three-month lows.
* On the TSX, 133 issues were higher, while 103 issues declined for a 1.29-to-1 ratio favoring gainers, with 17.26 million shares traded.
* The largest percentage gainers on the TSX were Canopy Growth Co, up 4.6 percent, followed by Lundin Mining , up 4.3 percent.
* Eldorado Gold fell 4.7 percent, the most on the TSX, followed by CI Financial, down 4.0 percent.
* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Prometic Life Sciences, Aurora Cannabis and Yamana Gold Inc.
* The TSX posted eight new 52-week highs and no new low.
* Across Canadian issues, there were 72 new 52-week highs and 10 new lows, with total volume of 31.85 million shares. (Reporting by Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)
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