CANADA STOCKS-Toronto flat as financials, commodities offset
* TSX ekes out gain; reverses 3-day streak in the red
* Financials rebound on optimism over U.S. home sales data (Adds details, quote)
By Jennifer Kwan
TORONTO, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index eked out a small gain on Tuesday, ending a three-session streak in negative territory, as a rise in financials on hopes generated by U.S. home sales data offset commodity stock weakness.
But it was a largely directionless day that saw the index trade in a 123-point range from trough to peak.
About an hour before the session ended, the big financial services sector gained momentum, tracking optimism in the U.S. over a surprise jump in December pending home sales.
A report there showed buyers were lured back into the market by lower prices and mortgage rates. [ID:nN03524582] The sector finished up 0.7 percent.
"The home sales is a very important number because the thing is that's sort of where the problem really originated," said Robert A. Floyd, president R.A. Floyd Capital Management Inc.
"If we're starting to see a little bit of strength there it's a little encouraging because that's the one area where we really have to see a turnaround occur for this marketplace to get better." Continued...