July 27 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on
Monday, boosted by gold miners after prices of the yellow metal
hit a record peak on worsening ties between China and the United
* Gold jumped 1.6% to surpass its 2011 highs as bullion
prices also benefited from a weaker U.S. dollar and ultra-low
* The materials sector, which includes precious
and base metals miners and fertilizer companies, soared 3.6%.
* At 9:38 a.m. ET (13:38 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's
S&P/TSX composite index was up 33.9 points, or 0.21%,
* The largest percentage gainers on the TSX were Endeavour
Mining Corp, which jumped 8.3%, and First Majestic
Silver Corp, which rose 8%.
* The energy sector dropped 1% as U.S. crude
prices were down 0.5% a barrel, while Brent crude
* The financials sector slipped 1.2%. The
industrials sector rose 0.1%.
* On the TSX, 93 issues were higher, while 123 issues
declined for a 1.32-to-1 ratio to the downside, with 17.43
million shares traded.
* Laurentian Bank of Canada fell 3.2%, the most on
the TSX, and the second-biggest decliner was CompX International
Inc, down 2.7%.
* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Royal Bank
of Canada, down 0.8%, and Les Resources Yorbeau Inc
, up 15.4%.
* The TSX posted 22 new 52-week highs and one new low.
* Across all Canadian issues there were 84 new 52-week highs
and four new lows, with total volume of 46.31 million shares.
(Reporting by Amal S in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni)