S&P/TSX Composite Gains Thanks to Resources

Tuesday was a great day if you own Materials and Energy stocks.

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That’s right, THANKS to Resources.  For the second day in a row the S&P/TSX Composite Index (^GSPTSE) was in the green, climbing 88 points or 0.72%.

Driving the market higher was a collection of Materials and Energy names.

There were energy names, like Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) and Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE), both of which benefitted from a continued rise in the price of oil.  These stocks were up 2.3% and 3.0% respectively.

And diversified mining names.  Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) climbed 5.7% on the day, even though one of its primary products, copper, was actually down.

And even an agricultural name.  Potash (TSX:POT) was also amongst today’s top contributors with its gain of 2.2%.

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Fool contributor Iain Butler is short July 2013 $40 put options on Potash Corp. and August 2013 $26 put options on Teck Resources.  He also owns shares of Potash Corp., Teck Resources, and Cenovus Energy.  The Motley Fool doesn’t own shares in any of the companies mentioned.   

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