CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls as financials, railway stocks weigh

Tue Jan 17, 2017 5:03pm EST
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* TSX closes down 37.93 points, or 0.25 percent, at 15,441.36

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

By Fergal Smith

TORONTO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell on Tuesday as profit-taking weighed on financial and railway stocks, offsetting gains for energy companies and gold miners as commodity prices rose.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index closed down 37.93 points, or 0.25 percent, at 15,441.36.

The index reached a more than two year high earlier this month at 15,621.40, helped by optimism that the policies of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will raise growth and inflation and by an agreement by major oil producers in November to cut output. But the rally has since lost some momentum.

"I think what we are seeing is a little bit of profit-taking in sectors that had done well at the end of the year," said Susan Da Sie, senior managing director at Manulife Asset Management.

Industrials fell 1.1 percent, with Canadian National Railway Co sliding 1.7 percent to C$91.81, while financials declined 0.7 percent as bond yields fell.   Continued...