TORONTO, April 9 (Reuters) - The Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index was flat early on Wednesday as commodities rebounded, lifting energy and materials stocks, which offset a drop in financial stocks.
The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was up 1.77 points at 13,729.30 with four of its 10 main groups on positive terrain.
Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ.TO) led all gainers, up C$2.76 at C$77.49, while the energy sector added 0.9 percent. Materials shares were led by Potash Corp of Saskatchewan POT.TO, up C$3.30 at C$181.57.
The gains would have been more pronounced if not for falling TSX financial stocks, which were down 0.6 percent a day after the IMF warned losses in the global financial sector might near $1 trillion.
Manulife Financial MF.TO fell 45 Canadian cents to C$39.06.
$1=$1.02 Canadian Reporting by Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Scott Anderson