* TSX up 87.23 points, or 0.79 percent, at 11,104.70
* Hits highest level since Oct. 3, 2008
* Materials, up 1.5 percent, lead TSX higher
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By Jennifer Kwan
TORONTO, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Toronto’s main stock market index hit its 2009 high on Tuesday as robust oil and bullion prices lifted the resource-laden market, and firm global equities kept investors’ risk appetite on the rise.
Gold powered through the $1,000 per ounce psychological barrier on Tuesday, carried by a wave of pent-up technical momentum and dollar weakness, with some analysts eyeing last year’s record high at $1,030.80.[GOL/]
Barrick Gold (ABX.TO) shot up 0.9 percent to C$43.88 and Goldcorp (G.TO) was up 0.4 percent at C$45.14. The broader materials group, home to miners and fertilizer companies, was up 1.5 percent.
“As the economy continues to improve there is increased demand for commodities. That’s helping out the Canadian market today,” said Steve Ibel, institutional equities trader at Beacon Securities, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
At 10:01 a.m. (1401 GMT), the S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was up 87.23 points, or 0.79 percent, at 11,104.70. Seven of its 10 main groups were higher.
At one point the index hit 11,176.35, its highest level since Oct. 3, 2008.
Also leading the way higher was Suncor Energy (SU.TO), up 2.2 percent to C$34.74, and Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ.TO) which climbed 2 percent to C$64.80. Oil prices rose above $69 a barrel on Tuesday ahead of an OPEC meeting, which analysts said would see more target compliance rhetoric but no change in output limits. [O/R]
The index closed above the 11,000 level on Friday for the first time since early August, and the market is up 45 percent from its early March low levels.
“If it can stay above that level for a couple of days in all likelihood will start trading above and creating a higher trend,” Ibel said of the 11,000 level.
“People will be watching it closely.”
Among individual names, Barrick, the world’s largest gold miner, said on Tuesday it has entered into an agreement to sell 25 percent of the life-of-mine silver production from its Pascua-Lama project in South America to Silver Wheaton Corp SLW.TO. Silver Wheaton shares climbed 0.6 percent to C$12.73.
On the downside, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd (FFH.TO), a top net loser, sank 2.3 percent to C$369.36. Earlier on Tuesday it said it would offer about 2.9 million subordinate voting shares at $347 each to fund its proposed acquisition of reinsurer Odyssey Re Holdings Corp ORH.N shares that it does not currently own. [ID:nBNG497014]
($1=$1.07 Canadian) (Reporting by Jennifer Kwan; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)