* Materials group lone sector advancer, gold supports
* Goldcorp, Kinross announce higher output plans
* Teck Cominco to cut 1,400 jobs, stock falls 6 pct
* Heavyweight oil group weighs as crude price falls (Adds details)
TORONTO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Toronto’s main stock index was broadly lower on Thursday morning, but off its early lows, with the gold miners the main bright spot as gold prices rose and two miners announced production increases.
The materials group, which includes gold miners, was the sole advancer, up 1.1 percent. Six gold companies were the top movers of the overall index.
Goldcorp (G.TO) rose 2.5 percent to C$33.83 as the company said it has matched its 2008 gold production forecast and plans for a 50-percent jump in output over the next five years. [ID:nN08526827]
Kinross Gold (K.TO) said late Wednesday it plans to spend $460 million this year boosting production by 32 percent to as much as 2.5 million ounces. Kinross rose 3.7 percent to C$21.02.
Teck Cominco TCKb.TO was on the downside in the materials group, down nearly 6 percent at C$7.15, as the diversified miner said it will cut 1,400 jobs as part of its plan to clip costs. [ID:nN08524937]
At 10:10 a.m. (1510 GMT), the S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was down 19.34 points, or 0.21 percent, at 9,101.98. Nine of the index’s 10 main groups were in negative territory. The index was off more than 1 percent shortly after the market open as the energy sector tracked oil prices lower.
The price of oil fell to around $42 a barrel, after a 12 percent drop overnight, weighed down by mixed U.S. jobless data and higher than expected crude stocks. The energy group fell 0.6 percent.
$1=$1.19 Canadian Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; editing by Peter Galloway