TSX up slightly as Restaurant Brands gain offsets resources

Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:59pm EST
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By John Tilak

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index edged higher on Tuesday as a jump in Restaurant Brands International Inc (QSR.TO: Quote), following the fast-food chain's quarterly report, helped offset declines in the natural resource sectors after commodity prices weakened.

Worries about whether Greece will be able to secure a debt deal remained an overhang on the market. Talks between Greece and euro zone finance ministers over the country's debt crisis broke down on Monday when Athens rejected a proposal to request a six-month extension of its international bailout package as "unacceptable."

The benchmark TSX advanced for a sixth straight session and neared a five-month high before giving up some of those gains.

“I see more choppiness this year, both on the upside and on the downside,” said Adrian Mastracci, portfolio manager at KCM Wealth Management.

Investors should “expect volatility. It’s going to be with us,” he added.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE closed up 19.80 points, or 0.13 percent, at 15,284.61. Five of the 10 main sectors on the index were higher.

Financials, the index's most heavily weighted sector, rose 0.7 percent. Bank of Montreal BMO.TO advanced 0.4 percent to C$78.97.

Shares of energy producers slipped, with oil prices staying volatile. Talisman Energy Inc TLM.TO was down 0.2 percent at C$9.47, and Suncor Energy Inc (SU.TO: Quote) fell 0.6 percent to C$39.15.   Continued...

A man walks past an old Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) sign in Toronto, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch