TSX slips as energy stocks, insurers weigh; gold miners jump
By Alastair Sharp
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index ended lower on Monday as energy stocks fell despite higher oil prices and as insurers lost ground with a pullback in bond yields, offsetting gains for gold miners as the precious metal bounced off a recent low.
Energy stocks fell 2 percent, even as crude prices gained in volatile trade ahead of Wednesday's OPEC meeting meant to cement a deal to help curb a global glut that has more than halved prices since 2014. [O/R]
"I think it's going to be difficult for some smooth, coordinated agreement to be put in place right away," said Craig Fehr, Canadian market strategist at Edward Jones.
The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index ended down 60.08 points, or 0.40 percent, at 15,015.36. Eight of its 10 main sectors fell.
Last week, the index advanced 1.4 percent, extending its rally since the U.S. election.
Financials fell 0.7 percent as bond yields declined and investors awaited fourth-quarter results this week from some of Canada's major banks.
Sun Life Financial Inc fell 2.6 percent to C$51.67 and fellow insurer Manulife Financial Corp also lost 2.6 percent, to C$22.93.
"Some of this is just letting some of that enthusiasm out of the bond market," Fehr said. Continued...