Sept 30(Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index rose slightly on Monday recovering from last session’s fall, as a rally in utilities and consumer stocks helped offset losses in some other sectors.
* The index is on track to post its best month since June, and clock its third straight quarterly gain.
* At 1012 ET (1412 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 29.6 points, or 0.18%, at 16,723.87.
* The largest percentage gainer on the TSX was utility AltaGas Ltd, which jumped 3.4% after announcing plans to sell its stake in the Central Penn Line Meade Pipeline for C$870 million ($656.85 million).
* Convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard rose almost 2%, while a 3% gain in shares of e-commerce software maker Shopify lifted tech stocks .
* The materials sector, which includes precious and base metals miners and fertilizer companies, lost 0.5% as gold futures fell 1.1% to $1,482.1 an ounce.
* Wesdome Gold fell 5.9%, the most on the TSX. The second-biggest decliner was Silvercorp Metal, down 5.3% in line with a move lower in silver prices.
* The energy sector dropped 0.2% as U.S. crude prices were down 1.1% a barrel, while Brent crude lost 1.4%.
* The healthcare sector lost 1.5% as cannabis companies fell, after a U.S. recommendation that consumers avoid vaping products containing the active ingredient in marijuana ahead of their legalization in Canada next month.
* On the TSX, 136 issues were higher, while 91 issues declined for a 1.49-to-1 ratio favouring gainers.
* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Yorbeau Cl A , down 16.7%; Aurora Cannabis down 3.4% and New Gold down 3.6%.
* The TSX posted 9 new 52-week highs and 4 new lows.
* Across all Canadian issues there were 22 new 52-week highs and 19 new lows, with total volume of 55.92 million shares. (Reporting by Susan Mathew in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)