TSX gains on resource rebound; posts small weekly loss

Fri Jul 29, 2016 5:13pm EDT
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By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Friday, as its large energy sector recouped some losses from earlier in the week with oil prices steadying, and miners gained with gold trading at a three-week high.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE closed up 30.02 points, or 0.21 percent, at 14,582.74.

It slipped 0.1 percent on the week, after four straight weeks of gains.

The energy group rose 0.7 percent, while the materials group, which includes precious and base metals miners and fertilizer companies, gained 1 percent as gold prices rose on weak U.S. economic growth.

Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO: Quote) added 1.7 percent to C$28.51 and Detour Gold Corp (DGC.TO: Quote) jumped 7.3 percent to C$34.14.

Pipeline operator Enbridge (ENB.TO: Quote) jumped 4.5 percent to C$53.71 and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd (CNQ.TO: Quote) rose 0.8 percent to C$39.54.

Economic data and energy earnings out on Friday highlighted the damage done by a massive wildfire that hit Canadian oil sands production starting in May, and while crude steadied on the day, it finished the month nearly 15 percent lower.

Diana Avigdor, a portfolio manager and head of trading at Barometer Capital Management, said she had cut exposure to energy stocks and the Canadian market in recent weeks.   Continued...

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