CANADA STOCKS-TSX ekes out gain as gold miners shine, TD Bank slumps

Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:54pm EST
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* TSX ends up 9.84 points, or 0.06 percent, at 15,506.68; fell 0.7 pct on week

* Two of the TSX's 10 main groups fall

By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO, March 10 (Reuters) - Canada's benchmark stock index ended barely higher on Friday, with sharp gains for gold miners offset by a slump in Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) after CBC News reported that its employees were being pressured to meet high sales revenue goals.

Shares in TD, Canada's No. 2 lender, closed down 5.6 percent at C$66.00, its biggest one-day decline since early 2009.

In an emailed response to Reuters regarding the CBC story, TD said, "The environment described in the media report is very much at odds with how we run our business, and we don't recognize it from our own perspective, experience or assessments."

The financials group fell 1.1 percent, despite solid domestic jobs data broadly boosted bond yields.

Several major gold miners were among the most influential gainers as bullion recovered from a five-week low.   Continued...