UPDATE 3-Weak resources pull Toronto stocks lower
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* TSX index edges lower as commodities fall
* Drop in commodity prices boosts wider market
* Sleep Country jumps after private equity bid
By Leah Schnurr
TORONTO, Aug 14 (Reuters) - The Toronto Stock Exchange's main index closed slightly lower on Thursday as easing commodity prices weighed on resource shares, but provided a boost for the wider market.
A drop to $115 a barrel for oil weighed on the heavyweight energy sector amid worries over the prospects for global demand growth. Among laggards in the group, Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ.TO: Quote) slid 2 percent.
The materials sector, home to resource shares, also fell, hurt by gold producers that dropped with bullion prices. Agnico-Eagle Resources (AEM.TO: Quote) was off 5.4 percent.
The lower commodity prices helped strengthen the broader market as they eased anxiety over the impact of soaring prices on the consumer and the economy. A rise in financial services helped put a floor under the index. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM.TO: Quote) gained 1.3 percent. Continued...