CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls amid caution after Trump press conference

Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:43am EST
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* TSX down 70.87 points, or 0.46 percent, to 15,420.67

* Nine of the TSX's 10 main groups move lower

TORONTO Jan 12 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell on Thursday, led by heavyweight financial and energy stocks as investors turned more cautious after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's Wednesday news conference provided no further clues on his policy priorities.

The country's biggest banks and insurers were among the most influential weights on the index as bond yields fell, with Manulife Financial Corp down 1.7 percent at C$24.46, and Royal Bank of Canada off 0.7 percent to C$93.20.

The financials group - which accounts for 35 percent of the index - fell 0.7 percent, while industrials lost 0.6 percent.

On the other side of the ledger, gold miners and other materials stocks gained as gold surged to its highest in seven weeks on a weaker U.S. dollar.

Barrick Gold Corp rose 2.8 percent to C$22.60, and Goldcorp Inc gained 2.5 percent to C$19.53. Goldcorp, the world's No.3 gold miner by market value, said it would sell a Mexican mine for $438 million.

At 10:25 a.m. ET (1525 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was down 70.87 points, or 0.46 percent, to 15,420.67.

Nine of the index's 10 groups were lower, with five falling issues for every two gainers overall.   Continued...