TORONTO, Feb 15 (Reuters) - The Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index closed modestly higher on Friday as rising gold miners and other materials stocks offset softness in banks and disappointing results from Telus Corp (T.TO).
The market dropped more than 100 points midway through the session, mirroring a drop in major U.S. markets, which were rattled by concerns over consumer spending.
But strong materials stocks helped the index cap off a relatively flat week with a small victory.
The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE rose 18.73 points, or 0.14 percent, to 13,226.76 on Friday. On the week it advanced 1.8 percent.
Materials stocks jumped 1 percent with gold producers 1.2 percent higher and base metal miners 0.9 percent higher despite softer metal prices.
Goldcorp (G.TO) rose 96 Canadian cents, or 2.6 percent, to C$37.19, while fertilizer producer Potash Corp of Saskatchewan POT.TO climbed 84 Canadian cents, or 0.6 percent, to C$149.35.
Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM.TO) rose 73 Canadian cents, or 1.2 percent, to C$63.20 on news the company’s gold reserves were up 33 percent at the end of 2007.
On the downside, Telus helped to shave about 1 percent off the TSX telecoms sector after results from its key wireless unit disappointed investors.
Shares of Telus, Canada’s No. 2 phone company, were off 43 Canadian cents, or 1 percent, at C$41.55.
Financial stocks, which have proved particularly sensitive to U.S. economic data in recent months, declined 0.2 percent after an index of U.S. consumer sentiment slipped to a 16-year low.
National Bank of Canada (NA.TO), the country’s sixth-biggest bank, slipped 93 Canadian cents, or 1.8 percent, to C$51.40.
The index has risen in six of 11 sessions so far in February, inching up 0.5 percent.
$1=$1.01 Canadian Reporting by Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Peter Galloway