CANADA STOCKS-TSX see-saws as gold rally loses steam

Tue Dec 7, 2010 11:02am EST
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   * TSX down 19.34 points, or 0.15 pct, at 13,256.67
 * Eight of 10 main groups lower
 * Energy, financials cushion slide
 By Solarina Ho
 TORONTO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
see-sawed lower on Tuesday morning as gold prices retreated
from record highs and dragged heavyweight gold miners lower.
 Record metal prices had pushed the TSX to its highest level
since Sept. 2, 2008, but the index quickly began retreating as
gold prices, which had climbed above $1,430 an ounce, lost
momentum on profit-taking.
 The heavyweight materials group, home to miners, was down
0.24 percent. Goldcorp G.TO skidded 1.43 percent to C$47.47
while Agnico Eagle AEM.TO fell 2.02 percent to C$86.13.
 Base-metal miners were unmoved by record copper prices.
Teck Resources TCKb.TO was down 1.15 percent at C$56.07.
 At 10:35 a.m. (1535 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's
S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was down 19.34 points, 0.15
percent, at 13,256.67. The index swung between positive and
negative territory as the two main advancing groups --
financials and energy -- kept losses in check.
 Financial issues were up a modest 0.05 percent, as stronger
than expected results from Bank of Montreal BMO.TO helped
lift Canada's fourth largest bank 1.62 percent to C$60.97.
 "They were not expected to be one of the stronger ones and
they surprised and beat," said Peter Chandler, senior
vice-president and director at Canaccord Wealth Management.
 Higher oil prices, which rose above $90 a barrel on
stronger demand and a softer U.S. dollar, helped lift the
energy sector 0.51 percent.
 Suncor Energy SU.TO was the most influential mover on the
upside, climbing 1.52 percent to C$36.62.
 ($1=$1.01 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Solarina Ho; editing by Rob Wilson)