May 4 (Reuters) – Canada’s major stock index rose on Tuesday, boosted by energy stocks as oil prices rose amid optimism about fuel demand, although data showing the country’s 1.1 billion Canadian trade deficit dollars in March limited growth.
* At 9:39 am ET (1:39 pm GMT), the S & P / TSX Composite Index of the Toronto Stock Exchange rose 3.15 points, or 0.02%, to 19,216.31.
* Oil prices rose after other US states eased restrictions and the European Union sought to attract travelers.
• Canada’s trade balance returned to a deficit in March after two straight months of surplus, as imports rose significantly and exports rose slightly, Statistics Canada said.
* The energy sector is up 0.7%, while US oil prices are up 1.7% a barrel and Brent crude is up 1.7%.
* The financial sector was unchanged, while the industrial sector fell 0.2%.
* Materials sector, which includes precious and non-ferrous metal producers and fertilizer companies, gained 0.6% as gold futures fell 0.2% to $ 1,788.2 an ounce.
* On TSX, 92 issues were higher, while 128 issues were down 1.39: 1 to the downside, with 16.17 million shares sold.
* The largest percentage gains on TSX were shown by Gibson Energy and Colliers International Group Inc., both up 5.3% and 5.0%, respectively, following strong quarterly results.
* Shares of Ballard Power Systems Inc fell 16.7%, the most on TSX, following bleak quarterly results.
* The second largest drop was Bausch Health Co, which fell 7.6% after reporting a quarterly loss.
* Most traded stocks by volume were Uex Corp, Nevada Copper and Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc.
* TSX showed 15 new 52-week highs and no new lows.
* All Canadian issues recorded 48 new highs in 52 weeks and 7 new lows for a total of 39.04 million shares. (Reporting by Shivani Kumaresan in Bangalore; editing by Shailesh Kubera)