CANADA STOCKS-Sliding golds drag TSX lower

Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:32pm EDT
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 * TSX down 66.04 points, or 0.5 percent, to 12,272.29
 * Gold miners plunge nearly 4 percent, banks up 0.6
 (Updates to afternoon)
 By Claire Sibonney
 TORONTO, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
extended losses on Wednesday as tumbling gold prices and
uncertainty about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's
speech on Friday outweighed optimism over bank earnings and
positive U.S. data.
 Gold miners dropped 3.7 percent, holding back broad gains
by financials, as the price of bullion dropped 3 percent,
heading for its biggest two-day decline in almost three years.
 Goldcorp Inc G.TO fell nearly 5 percent to C$48.27, while
Barrick Gold Corp ABX.TO was down 3.8 percent at C$48.18.
 "It's just selling, selling, selling ... it's all driven by
price, it's all driven by emotion," said John Kurgan, senior
market strategist at MF Global Canada.  "We shifted from greed
to fear in matter of 48 hours."
 At 2:00 p.m. (1800 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's
S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was down 66.04 points, or
0.54 percent, at 12,272.29. Six of the 10 main groups were
weaker. Profit-taking after Tuesday's rally of more than 2
percent was hurting the index in general.
 Financials were the most influential gainers, rising 0.6
percent on surprisingly strong Bank of Montreal BMO.TO
earnings on Tuesday. It was the first in a wave of bank
earnings reports over the next two weeks.
 Royal Bank of Canada RY.TO rose 1.1 percent to C$50.60,
Toronto-Dominion Bank TD.TO added 1 percent to C$74.03, and
Bank of Nova Scotia BNS.TO advanced 0.5 percent to C$51.71.
 On the U.S. front, new orders for long-lasting manufactured
goods surged in July and the Congressional Budget Office
offered an upbeat forecast on the worrisome budget deficits.
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 The data added further doubts to speculation that Bernanke
would announce new stimulus for the U.S. economy at the Jackson
Hole, Wyoming, conference. That speculation had helped fuel
Tuesday's rally.
 Bernanke is most likely to outline gradualist measures,
which would disappoint investors looking for a "big bang"
approach, such as a fresh round of bond buying. [FED/AHEAD]
 ($1=$0.99 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Claire Sibonney; editing by Janet Guttsman)