CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises as gold miners show strength

Fri Aug 6, 2010 4:40pm EDT
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*TSX rises 25.20 points, or 0.21 percent, to 11,799.97

*Gold rises above $1,200 an ounce, boosts materials group

*Financials, energy sectors sag after jobs data (Adds company earnings)

By Jennifer Kwan

TORONTO, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index finished higher on Friday as strong gold prices helped push up its materials sector and overcome weakness spurred by weak Canadian and U.S. jobs reports.

Gold prices rose to their highest level in three weeks as weak U.S. economic data knocked the greenback lower. [FRX/] Barrick Gold Corp ABX.TO rose 2.8 percent to C$44.65, while fellow gold miner Agnico-Eagle AEM.TO climbed 3 percent to C$61.37. The materials sector as a whole was up 1.4 percent.

"You're again seeing a resurgence of some concern about the strength in the North American economy and the extent of the recovery," Elvis Picardo, analyst and strategist at Global Securities in Vancouver, said of gold's rise.

"The trigger for that, of course, has been the jobs numbers on both sides of the border, with numbers below expectations in the U.S. and in Canada."

Canada's economy unexpectedly shed 9,300 jobs in July, the first month this year it has failed to create employment, suggesting the country's recovery from recession is starting to slow. Analysts had expected a rise of 15,000 jobs. [ID:nN06197942]   Continued...