Nov 26 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose to a
nine-month high on Thursday as declines in energy stocks were
offset by gains in major technology and mining players, while a
U.S. market holiday kept trading volumes low.
* The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index
closed up 38.27 points, or 0.2%, at 17,351.34.
* The energy sector fell 0.4%, tracking declines
in crude prices as signs of growing supplies helped to halt a
rally driven by optimism over COVID-19 vaccines.
* The materials sector, which includes precious
and base metals miners and fertilizer companies, added 1.2% as
gold and base metal prices rose.
* The information technology sector, the second
largest sector in the benchmark after financials, rose nearly
* Volume on the TSX index was about 97 million shares, its
lowest since July 3. U.S. stock markets were closed on Thursday
for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
* Among the largest percentage gainers was power sports
manufacturer BRP Inc, which jumped 5.5% after a series
of price-target hikes on strong third-quarter results.
(Reporting by Fergal Smith in Toronto and Ambar Warrick in
Bengaluru; Editing by Alison Williams, Paul Simao and Tom Brown)