Nov 5 (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index inched higher on Tuesday, as energy shares rallied to counter a sharp drop in gold stocks as trade-related optimism boosted risk appetite.
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* At 09:59 a.m. ET (14:59 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 7.81 points, or 0.05%, at 16,677.62, to hit new one month highs.
* The energy sector climbed 2% as U.S. crude prices rose 1% a barrel, while Brent crude added 1.1%.
* The Canadian energy index was on track for its third straight day of gains and hovered at over one month highs.
* Encana Corp was the biggest gainer among oil stocks, up 3.6%.
* The materials sector, which includes precious and base metals miners and fertilizer companies, lost 0.4% as gold futures fell 1.2% to $1,490.7 an ounce as investors pulled out of the safe-haven metal.
* The financials sector gained 0.4%. The industrials sector rose 0.2%.
* Data on Tuesday showed Canada’s trade deficit narrowed in September to C$978 million ($745 million), compared with a revised August deficit of C$1.24 billion, as exports and imports declined. Along with October jobs report due on Friday, both could help guide expectations for the central bank’s policy outlook.
* On the TSX, 115 issues were higher, while 114 issues declined for a 1.01-to-1 ratio favouring gainers, with 32.32 million shares traded.
* The largest percentage gainers on the TSX were Endeavour Mining, which jumped 5.7% after reporting strong quarterly results.
* Great Canadian Gaming fell 6.3%, the most on the TSX, after missing quarterly revenue. The second biggest decliner was First Majestic Silver, down 4.6%.
* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Encana Corp , up 4.6%; Baytex Energy Co, up 4.4% and First Quantum Min, up 4.2%.
* The TSX posted 13 new 52-week highs and one new low.
* Across all Canadian issues there were 45 new 52-week highs and 10 new lows, with total volume of 56.42 million shares.
Reporting by Susan Mathew in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur
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