CANADA STOCKS-TSX edges higher as gold-mining shares gain

Mon Dec 6, 2010 10:48am EST
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   * TSX up 33.87 points, or 0.26 percent, at 13,212.82
 * Six of the 10 main groups lower
 * Gold prices drive gold miners higher
 By Solarina Ho
 TORONTO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index rose
on Monday morning as higher gold prices pushed up heavyweight
gold miners.    Bullion was near its highest level since
mid-November after Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke hinted on
Sunday at further monetary policy easing. [ID:nN05271909]
 Barrick Gold ABX.TO rose 1.25 percent to C$54.90 while
Goldcorp G.TO climbed 1.02 percent to C$47.73. Agnico Eagle
AEM.TO, also a major gold producer, advanced 1.15 percent to
C$86.22. The index's materials group, home to mining stocks,
was up 1.38 percent. [GOL/]
 "At $1,400  an ounce finally it seems the big, large-cap
gold producers are reacting to this after really shrugging it
off ... we're seeing multi-year highs for some of these stocks
and that's what bringing the TSX further gains," said Barry
Schwartz, vice president and portfolio manager at Baskin
Financial Services.
 The Fed could buy more than the $600 billion in U.S.
government bonds it has committed to purchasing if the economy
fails to respond or unemployment stays too high, Bernanke said
on the U.S. news program "60 minutes" on Sunday.
 "If you believe that the U.S. is going to continue to be in
poor economic shape for years to come, you may want to own an
alternative currency," said Schwartz.
 The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE climbed 33.87 points, or 0.26 percent, to 13,212.82.
 Six of the index's 10 main groups were lower, however, with
the heavily weighted financial group leading the decliners.
 Oil prices rallied as high as $89.76 early on Monday,
trading around a 26-month high before easing against the U.S.
dollar. The greenback strengthened against the euro, which was
weighed down by debt worries.  [O/R] [FRX/]
 The index's energy group inched higher and was up 0.55
percent, helped by independent oil producer Canadian Natural
Resources CNQ.TO, which was up 1.96 percent at C$42.71.
 Research In Motion RIM.TO, which climbed 1.48 percent to
C$63.73, helped lift the tech group 1.44 percent higher.
 In individual company news, the Bank of Nova Scotia
BNS.TO, which announced itn is acquiring Uruguay's No. 4
private bank, rose 0.49 percent to C$55.91. [nN06202772]
 ($1=$1.01 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Solarina Ho; editing by Peter Galloway)