CANADA STOCKS-Weak gold miners pull TSX lower

Thu Sep 9, 2010 5:02pm EDT
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* TSX down 8.73 points at 12,033.53

* Six of 10 index sectors lower; gold shares down (Adds company details)

By Jennifer Kwan

TORONTO, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index ended slightly lower on Thursday, pressured by weak bullion prices as investors unwound safe-haven trades after the release of favorable U.S. economic data.

New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week to a two-month low, while the trade deficit narrowed sharply in July, hopeful signs for the sputtering economic recovery. [ID:nN09174403]

The U.S. data robbed gold of some of its safe-haven luster, helping to push down the resource-laden Toronto index's hefty materials sector by 1.7 percent.

Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO: Quote) slid 3.2 percent to C$45.69, and Goldcorp Inc (G.TO: Quote) dropped 2 percent to C$42.79 as gold prices swooned further in late trading on Thursday with some investors setting off automatic sell orders on the way down. [GOL/]

"We're seeing some profit-taking across the board, but mostly in the gold sector. Gold stocks were under pressure and today we triggered some more selling," said Francis Campeau, broker at MF Global Canada, in Montreal

"We've had a good run. The technicals are not great."   Continued...