SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Canadian stocks headed toward their first gain in seven sessions on Thursday, helped by a break in concerns about European sovereign debt, a rebound in some commodities and earnings including those from Sun Life Financial Corp. and Cineplex. The S&P/TSX Composite Index rose 74.30 points, or 0.6%, to 11,749.08. It's still down 1% for the week and more than 4% for the month. Sun Life Financial Inc. /zigman2/quotes/206642387/delayed CA:SLF -0.23% shares rose 2.2% after the insurer posted a quarterly profit that topped estimates, helped by rising equity markets and U.S. government bond yields. Cineplex Inc. /zigman2/quotes/201832697/delayed CA:CGX +0.12% gained 1.2% after the movie chain hiked its dividend following good turnout for "The Hunger Games" and others.