*TSX index bounces as energy and materials shares gain
*RIM jumps on launch of new BlackBerry
*Banks gain on continued U.S. mortgage bailout enthusiasm
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TORONTO, Sept 10 (Reuters) - The Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index surged on Wednesday, pulling away from bear market territory after a week-long slide, in a broad rally led by resource and banking shares.
After falling for five out of six sessions, the index bounce-back was helped by bargain-hunting in oil and other commodity-related stocks, analysts said.
Among oil gainers Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ.TO) rose 6.2 percent to C$79.00, and among miners Inmet Mining IMN.TO was up 8.4 percent at C$54.00.
Research In Motion RIM.TO was among the biggest gainers after it said it is launching a flip version of its BlackBerry Pearl smartphone. RIM was up 6 percent at C$112.36. For details see, [ID:nN10425396]
The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE closed up 350.39 points, or 2.88 percent, at 12,497.15 with all of its 10 main sectors rising.
Leading the way, the energy and materials sectors gained 4 percent and 3.9 percent respectively. Fertilizer producer Potash Corp of Saskatchewan POT.TO gained 2.2 percent to C$153.59, while EnCana (ECA.TO) was up 3.1 percent at C$69.18.
Banks also lifted the index on continued optimism over the U.S. mortgage company bailout plan. Bank of Montreal (BMO.TO) climbed 1.6 percent to C$48.56 and Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS.TO) was up 1.7 percent at C$47.63. Overall, the sector rose 2.5 percent. ($1=$1.07 Canadian) (Reporting by Natasha Elkington; Editing by Peter Galloway)