CANADA STOCKS-Gold knocks down TSX but oil limits loss

Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:19pm EDT
 
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 * TSX falls 0.25 percent to 11,504.51
 * Gold miners hit as gold price eases from record high
 * U.S. earnings disappoint
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 By Ka Yan Ng
 TORONTO, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index fell
moderately on Thursday on lower gold prices and disappointing
U.S. earnings news, but advances in the oil and gas group
limited the decline.
 Gold-mining shares were among the hardest hit. Barrick Gold
ABX.TO led all heavyweight decliners with a 2.03 percent drop
to C$40.15.
 After a sharp rally that took it to record highs in the
last two sessions, the gold price dropped 1 percent on Thursday
as the U.S. dollar stemmed recent losses. [GOL/]
 Kinross Gold K.TO fell 1.7 percent to C$23.66, while
Agnico-Eagle AEM.TO shed 2.1 percent to C$72.66.
 Banks and insurers helped keep the main index pinned lower
after quarterly results from a pair of big U.S. banks
disheartened investors. Manulife Financial MFC.TO lost 1.2
percent to C$22.21.
 Royal Bank of Canada RY.TO shares were the biggest drag
on the main index early on, but they managed to finish up 0.04
percent at C$55.96.
 Quarterly results from Goldman Sachs Group GS.N and
Citigroup Inc C.N failed to live up to the expectations of
some investors after a strong showing by JPMorgan JPM.N on
Wednesday.
 "We had a couple today that didn't knock the lights out and
so the market, after you've had the kind of runs like we've had
of late, the market does look for excuses on a short-term basis
to sell off," said Peter Chandler, senior vice-president at
Canaccord Wealth Management.
 "The market is in an orderly fashion digesting news,
digesting gains. The line of least resistance for this market
at this point in time remains up."
 The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE closed down 28.27
points, or 0.25 percent, at 11,504.51. Eight of its 10 main
groups fell.
 On the upside, oil and gas shares were well supported by a
3 percent rise in the oil price to above $77 a barrel. Oil
company Canadian Natural Resources CNQ.TO topped all notable
gainers with a 1.4 percent rise to C$78.58.
 Opti Canada Inc OPC.TO was among active stocks on
Thursday, rising as much as 12 percent as its partner in the
Long Lake oil sands project, Nexen Inc, restarted production
after shutting the facility for maintenance in mid-September.
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 Opti shares, which also often move in tandem with oil
prices, jumped 7.9 percent to end at C$2.45.
 ($1=$1.03 Canadian)
 (Editing by Peter Galloway)