TSX gains as metals and energy stocks surge on positive news from

TORONTO — Soaring metal and energy shares helped push Canada’s main stock index higher today, as commodity prices rose on global positive sentiment from China and OPEC.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 73.68 points to 15,202.37.The metals sector was the leading advancer, climbing nearly five per cent as the September copper contract gained 11 cents to US$2.85 a pound, hitting a five-month high.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.96 cents US, up. 0.04 of a U.S. cent.In New York, markets were back on their winning streak following better-than-expected earnings from corporate heavyweights McDonald’s and Caterpillar.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 100.26 points to 21,613.43. The S&P 500 index gained 7.22 points to 2,477.13 and the Nasdaq composite edged up 1.36 points to 6,412.17, both eclipsing record highs.In commodities, the September crude contract was up $1.55 to US$47.89 per barrel and the September natural gas contract advanced five cents to US$2.93 per mmBTU. The August gold contract was down $2.20 to US$1,252.10 an ounce.