Jan 6 (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index rose on Wednesday, buoyed by cannabis stocks as investors looked ahead to the prospect of a Democrat-controlled Senate in the United States.
* Democrats won one U.S. Senate race in Georgia and led in another on Wednesday, moving closer to a sweep in a deep South state that would give them control of Congress and the power to advance President-elect Joe Biden’s policy goals.
* At 9:36 a.m. ET (14:36 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 70.73 points, or 0.4%, at 17,753.24.
* Healthcare sector jumped 7.8% with cannabis stocks being the biggest gainers.
* The energy sector climbed 1.1% as U.S. crude prices were up 0.1% a barrel, while Brent crude added 0.5%.
* The financials sector gained 1.0%. The industrials sector rose 0.8%.
* The materials sector, which includes precious and base metals miners and fertilizer companies, lost 0.5% as gold futures rose 0.4% to $1,959.9 an ounce.
* On the TSX, 137 issues were higher, while 79 issues declined for a 1.73-to-1 ratio favouring gainers, with 19.94 million shares traded.
* The largest percentage gainers on the TSX were Canopy Growth Corp, which jumped 14.7% and Aurora Cannabis Inc, which rose 12.4%.
* Lightspeed POS Inc fell 4.0%, the most on the TSX, after TD Securities raised target price to C$105 from C$82. The second biggest decliner was Iamgold Corp, down 4.0%.
* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Zenabis Global Inc, Toronto-Dominion Bank and Bank of Nova Scotia.
* The TSX posted 11 new 52-week highs and no new lows.
* Across all Canadian issues there were 45 new 52-week highs and 5 new lows, with total volume of 43.47 million shares.
Reporting by Shivani Kumaresan in Bengaluru; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri