TORONTO, April 5 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index edged higher after a soft start on Tuesday morning as energy and consumer shares advanced.
But the gain was brief as an earlier-than-expected interest rate hike in China dragged on mining stocks, pulling down the index's materials group 0.2 percent. Half of the index's 10 main sectors were lower.
The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE ticked up 0.15 of a point to 14,218.50, before falling again. (Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; editing by Peter Galloway)