TSX rises as energy, industrials and materials gain

(Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index ended slightly higher on Wednesday, with gains in energy, industrials and materials groups offsetting losses from financials as the market recovered from a large sell-off the day before.

A sign board displaying Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) stock information is seen in Toronto June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite followed U.S. stocks in ending slightly up as investors focused on President Donald Trump’s struggle to push through a healthcare bill and snapped up stocks after a steep drop the day before.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE ended up 35.33 points, or 0.23 percent, at 15,348.46.

“It’s just the correlation with the U.S. market,” said Marcus Xu, president and director, portfolio manager, of M.Y. Capital Management Corp.

“Yesterday there was some jitter on the financials and the market was down quite a bit, and today I think it’s just a little bit of rebound.”

The energy group climbed 0.4 percent, with Suncor Energy Inc SU.TO up 0.4 percent at C$40.70, and TransCanada Corp TRP.TO up 0.7 percent at C$61.50.

The increase came even as the price of oil, one of Canada’s leading exports, slipped to its lowest since late November after data showed record-high U.S. crude inventories rising faster than expected, raising doubts over the viability of OPEC-led output cuts.

U.S. crude CLc1 prices were down 0.3 percent to $48.12 a barrel, while Brent crude LCOc1 lost 0.5 percent to $50.72.[O/R]

The financials group slipped 0.2 percent. Royal Bank of Canada RY.TO fell 0.2 percent to C$95.21, and Toronto Dominion Bank TD.TO slipped 0.2 percent to C$64.72.

Industrials rose 0.2 percent.

The materials group, which includes precious and base metals miners and fertilizer companies, added 0.3 percent. Barrick Gold Corp ABX.TO was down 0.04 percent to C$25.98.

Gold futures GCc1 rose 0.1 percent to $1,247.7 an ounce. [GOL/]

Copper prices CMCU3 advanced 0.6 percent to $5,808.25 a tonne. [MET/L]

Investors had been waiting on a federal budget released after the close.

Canada posted a slightly larger surplus in January of C$1.24 billion, up from C$1.07 billion a year ago as revenues increased in most areas, including corporate income tax, the Finance Department said on Wednesday.

Reporting by Ethan Lou in Calgary, Alberta; Editing by James Dalgleish