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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises as gold gains lift material stocks

(Updates prices, adds sector details)

May 26 (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index rose on Wednesday, supported by material stocks as gold prices jumped on the back of softer Treasury yields after U.S. Federal Reserve officials downplayed inflation concerns.

* The materials sector, which includes precious and base metals miners and fertilizer companies, added 1.3% as gold futures climbed 0.4% an ounce.

* At 09:37 a.m. ET (13:37 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 76.5 points, or 0.39%, at 19,640.62.

* Bank of Montreal fell 0.1% even after strongly beating analysts’ estimates for quarterly results as it set aside fewer provisions than expected and its capital markets unit swung to a profit.

* Canadian National Railway rose 1.3% after saying it would divest Kansas City Southern’s 70-mile rail line between New Orleans and Baton Rouge to eliminate the only overlap between the two railroad operators.

* Canada’s biggest pension managers boosted their investments in the country’s major oil sands companies in the first quarter of 2021, raising questions about the funds’ recent commitments to greening their portfolios.

* The energy sector climbed 0.4% even as U.S. crude prices were down 0.9% a barrel, while Brent crude lost 0.7%.

* The financials sector remained unchanged, while industrials rose 0.5%.

* On the TSX, 142 issues advanced, while 77 issues declined in a 1.84-to-1 ratio favoring gainers, with 17.05 million shares traded.

* The largest percentage gainers on the TSX were BlackBerry Ltd, which jumped 5.6% to a 3-week high, and Teck Resources that rose 3.9% after Deutsche raised the stock’s target price.

* Capital Power Corp fell 4.4%, the most on the TSX, after announcing bought offering of common shares.

* The second biggest decliner was iA Financial Corp , down 2.3%.

* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Great-West Lifeco and Sun Life Financial.

* The TSX posted seven new 52-week highs and no new low.

* Across Canadian issues, there were 22 new 52-week highs and three new lows, with total volume of 28.63 million shares.

Reporting by Shivani Kumaresan in Bengaluru; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi

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