TSX ends higher alongside global stocks, oil, metals

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index closed higher on Friday, lifted by strong gains in oil and metals prices.

FILE PHOTO: A man walks past an old Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) sign in Toronto, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

* The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index ended the day 39.11 points, or 0.25 percent, higher at 15,577.81. It is up 1.26 percent for the week.

* The Canadian economy added 15,400 jobs in February after a big loss in January, but full-time positions shrank and wage growth decelerated.

* Ivanhoe Mines Ltd was the biggest gainer on the TSX, rising 6 percent.

* The 10 best performers on the index were dominated by energy and mining companies, including Pretium Resources, Detour Gold and Freehold Royalties.

* Copper futures advanced 1.8 percent to $6,957.50 a tonne, while U.S. oil futures jumped 3.2 percent to $62.03 a barrel.

* Gold futures reversed earlier losses to trade up 0.1 percent at $1,323.50 an ounce.

* Even so, Yamana Gold was the biggest decliner on the index, falling 5.6 percent. New Gold Inc and IAMGOLD Corp were also among the biggest losers, losing 3.4 percent and 2.4 percent respectively.

* The world stocks index added 1.1 percent. The Nasdaq pulled up 1.7 percent to close at an all-time high as fears of inflation and aggressive interest rate hikes ebbed after a slowdown in wage growth.

* The TSX consumer non-cyclicals group was the sector with the most gains, rising 0.7 percent, while the healthcare group posted the biggest declines, falling 0.45 percent.

* Yamana Gold and Bombardier Inc were the most actively traded stocks on the index.

* There were 146 advancing issues and 92 declining ones. Twelve were flat.

Reporting by Nichola Saminather; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Richard Chang