CANADA STOCKS-TSX stumbles on weak earnings; TMX shrs jump

Wed Feb 9, 2011 5:23pm EST
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   * TSX down 108.22 points, or 0.78 percent, at 13,784.30
 * Seven of the index's 10 main groups lower
 * Teck shares fall more than 8 percent
 * TMX Group rises more than 6 percent
 (Updates with additional analyst comment, further detail)
 By Solarina Ho
 TORONTO, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
skidded lower on Wednesday, touching its lowest level in almost
a week, hurt by weaker base metal prices and disappointing
earnings from some mining and energy issues.
 Diversified miner Teck Resources TCKb.TO, whose earnings
late on Tuesday fell short of expectations, slumped 8.34
percent to finish at C$57.95. [ID:nN09170835]
 "The U.S. markets are sort of supporting our index, because
the earnings numbers out of the companies in the U.S. have been
pretty astonishing," said Elvis Picardo, an analyst and
strategist at Global Securities.
 "Investors are gearing themselves up for a repeat of the
same sort of numbers this side as well. I think the potential,
like Teck shows, if those numbers fall short of estimates, then
investor reaction will be on the downside."
 Copper miner First Quantum Minerals Ltd FM.TO fell 5.5
percent to C$129.75.
 Copper prices, which hit record highs in recent sessions,
fell to their lowest level in over a week on concerns over
inflation and tepid demand from China, the biggest consumer of
the metal. [MET/L]
 The influential materials group, home to mining companies,
was down 1.86 percent.
 Barrick Gold ABX.TO was down 1.57 percent at C$47.69,
while Kinross Gold K.TO slid 2.81 percent to C$16.62. Bullion
prices were largely unchanged after rising more than 4 percent
in the past 10 days. [GOL/]
 The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE closed down 108.22 points, or 0.78 percent, at
13,784.30, following two winning sessions. Seven of the index's
10 main groups retreated.
 "It looks the market just kind of got a bit ahead of
itself," said Youssef Zohny, an associate portfolio manager at
Van Arbor Asset Management. "We're seeing very strong weakness
in the materials sector ... It could be that we're seeing some
 The energy group was also weaker, down 0.75 percent.
Talisman Energy TLM.TO was off 2.25 percent at C$22.60, while
Encana Corp ECA.TO declined 1.92 percent to C$30.65.
 Niko Resources Ltd NKO.TO fell as much as 10 percent
after the oil and gas explorer reported a weaker than expected
quarterly profit and said natural gas output from its biggest
property is lagging forecasts. [ID:nN09185633]
 Brent crude hit nearly $102 a barrel on Wednesday as unrest
in Egypt kept investors worried, but U.S. oil prices slipped on
rising inventories. [O/R] [ID:nL3E7D90CD]
 The heavyweight financial sector also gave back 0.57
 Bucking the downward trend, TMX Group X.TO closed up 6.4
percent at C$42.85 on news the London Stock Exchange LSE.L
wants to buy the operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange.
[ID:nLDE71808S] For a list of stories: [ID:nLDE7180MZ]
 "I do think that overall it will be a significant benefit
in terms of broadening investment choices for Canadian
investors," said Picardo.
 "But at the same token, it's likely to come up against
quite a bit of regulatory scrutiny. Whether the deal gets
passed or not is still up in the air."
 Shares of Agrium AGU.TO rose 3 percent to C$95.65 after
the big farm products retailer and fertilizer producer reported
a stronger quarterly profit and a healthy outlook for 2011.
 ($1=$0.99 Canadian)
 (Editing by Rob Wilson and Jeffrey Hodgson)