CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls as investors pocket profits since Trump victory

Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:53pm EST
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(Adds portfolio manager quotes, details on telecoms and utilities; updates prices)

* TSX closes down 73.38 points, or 0.47 percent, at 15,418.16

* Eight of the TSX's 10 main groups end lower

By Fergal Smith

TORONTO, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Canada's benchmark stock index fell on Thursday, pressured by losses of heavyweight financial and energy stocks as investors took money off the table following solid gains since the U.S. presidential election.

The lack of details on economic policy by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at his news conference on Wednesday - the first since the November election - weighed on investor optimism.

"I just think that people traded quickly into their belief of new policy on Trump coming into office and that pulls forward a lot of returns," said Ben Jang, portfolio manager at Nicola Wealth Management.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index has rallied more than 5 percent since the Nov. 8 election. Last week it touched its highest level since September 2014, at 15,621.40, just shy of its record high.

"I think the sell-off is helping the market to normalize a bit and better understand that you need to wait until we are into the 100-day mark (of the new presidency) and we start to see a resemblance of what reform is going to look like," Jang said.   Continued...