TSX hurt by commodity losses, boosted by insurers

Fri Nov 6, 2015 5:01pm EST
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By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was torn between losses for energy and mining stocks and gains for financial names on Friday, with both moves magnified by a surge in U.S. jobs that made it more likely the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates in December.

The employment report pushed the greenback .DXY to a seven-month high, which in turned weighed on a string of commodities and the Canadian companies that extract, drill, produce and move them.

The materials group, which includes miners, fell 1.4 percent. Goldcorp Inc (G.TO: Quote) fell 4.2 percent to C$15.34, while Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO: Quote) lost 3.3 percent to C$9.38 as the price of bullion XAU= fell to a three-month low.

TransCanada (TRP.TO: Quote) closed down 4.3 percent at C$43.32 after U.S. President Barack Obama rejected the company's proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline after more than seven years of often rancorous debate.

"We are shocked that there was any value of Keystone left in TransCanada," said Norman Levine, managing director at Portfolio Management Corp.

Fellow pipeline company Enbridge Inc (ENB.TO: Quote) fell 2.2 percent to C$51.74 a day after saying a delay in starting up a crude pipeline between Ontario and Quebec would hurt its earnings.

The broader energy group fell 0.6 percent, while U.S. crude CLc1 settled 2 percent lower. [O/R]

Levine said the pipelines, along with other rate-sensitive groups such as utilities and telecoms, were also pressured by the prospects of higher interest rates, which makes them less attractive for investors in search of dividend yields.   Continued...

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