CANADA STOCKS-Base metals keep TSX steady at 2-year high

Thu Oct 14, 2010 11:04am EDT
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*TSX up 3.11 points at 12,676.42

*Five of 10 index sectors higher (Adds details, comments)

By Claire Sibonney

TORONTO, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index held steady at a two-year high on Thursday morning, supported by base metals prices, which extended their rally on the back of a broadly weaker U.S. dollar.

The U.S. dollar weakness allowed the Canadian dollar to pierce parity with the greenback for the first time since April. [CAD/]

Base-metal miners were up 1.1 percent with Teck Resources TCKb.TO advancing 0.4 percent to C$46.15, and Ivanhoe Mines (IVN.TO: Quote) jumping 2.3 percent to C$26.07.

Gold miners, however fell 0.05 percent, failing to track the price of the precious metal to record highs, and energy shares fell 0.3 percent as the price of crude oil turned negative on the expectation of higher U.S. inventory data. [GOL/] [O/R]

Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO: Quote) slipped 0.2 percent to C$49.29, and Suncor Energy (SU.TO: Quote) lost 0.9 percent to C$34.98.

"We're being dominated by commodity price movements," said Barry Schwartz, vice-president and portfolio manager at Baskin Financial Services. "And until someone rings the bells and says the U.S. dollar is oversold and it's going to start getting stronger, this commodity story is going to continue for an extended period of time."   Continued...