CANADA STOCKS-TSX ends lower as oil falls on Mubarak's exit

Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:32pm EST
 
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   * TSX down 73.81 points, or 0.53 pct, at 13,766.76
 * Eight of 10 main groups retreat
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 By Solarina Ho
 TORONTO, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
finished lower on Friday as oil prices fell on news that
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had stepped down.
 Oil and gas companies were firmly lower, with Suncor Energy
SU.TO reversing early gains to lead the decline, down 2.14
percent at C$40.25. Canadian Natural Resources CNQ.TO fell
2.31 percent to C$43.20, while Nexen Inc NXY.TO dropped 3.05
percent to C$22.22.
 Encana Corp ECA.TO, which rallied more than 4 percent the
previous session on news of a C$5.4 billion deal to sell a
stake in a shale gas project to PetroChina, gave back 3.09
percent to end the week at C$31.03. [ID:nN1089226]
 The index's energy group as a whole ended down 1.06
percent. Crude prices fell to a 10-week low after the news from
Egypt eased concerns that Middle East supplies could be
disrupted by political unrest. [O/R] [ID:nLDE7192NZ]
 "All of a sudden after the Egyptian problem seemed to be
coming toward a conclusion ... the U.S. markets improved and we
didn't, and one of the reasons is strong oil prices suddenly
turned to weak oil prices," said Fred Ketchen, director of
equity trading at ScotiaMcLeod.
 The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE closed down 73.81 points, or 0.53 percent, at
13,766.76. Eight of the index's 10 main sectors were lower.
 The index was little changed on the week, falling less than
0.2 percent.
 "It's a flat week for the Toronto market, but we're up
still up about 2.6 percent year-to-date," Ketchen said. "We
haven't blown ourselves apart and I think there's something
better to come. You're just going to have to wait a while to
see it."
 As well as the energy sector, the materials group, home to
mining companies, also pressured the index with a 0.89 percent
retreat as gold prices fell.
 Barrick Gold ABX.TO was down 1.31 percent at C$46.82
while Kinross Gold K.TO gave back 1.88 percent to C$16.20.
Agnico Eagle AEM.TO fell 2.13 percent to C$71.05.
 The price of bullion fell below $1,360 an ounce after
Mubarak's resignation dulled some of its safe-haven luster.
[GOL/]
 The index's financial group eked out a 0.02 percent gain,
reversing early losses, as sentiment lifted on Mubarak's
departure.
 "There's still the hope and the idea of dividend increases
-- could be that we might get one or two when (bank)
first-quarter reports come out," Ketchen said.
 "I think you can be relatively be sure, by this time next
year, we'll have had most of (the banks) with dividend
increases. We've waited two years and two years is long
enough."
 Consumer staples was the healthiest group, rising 0.71
percent, helped by a 2.18 percent jump in Shoppers Drug Mart
SC.TO. Shoppers, which reported quarterly results that topped
estimates on Thursday, ended at C$39.38.
 Shares of telecoms company Telus T.TO fell 1.21 percent
to C$47.31, even though it posted a 46 percent jump in
quarterly profit on Friday. Stiff competition meant the company
failed to sign up as many new customers as the market had
expected. [ID:nSGE71A09K]
 ($1=$0.99 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Solarina Ho; editing by Peter Galloway)