CANADA STOCKS-TSX closes lower on euro zone rescue doubts

Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:35pm EDT
 
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   * TSX ends down 52.53 points, or 0.43 pct, at 12,109.75
 * Pulls back from one-month high hit earlier in session
 * Golds lead gains, financials drag
 * European debt crisis uncertainty weighs
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 By Jon Cook
 TORONTO, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
ended moderately lower on Tuesday, giving up earlier gains that
took it to a one-month high, as pessimism set in over an
upcoming European summit.
 World stocks stumbled after the cancellation of a meeting
of European finance ministers raised doubts that an upcoming
summit will result in a clear plan to rein in Europe's debt
crisis. [MKTS/GLOB]
 "The decline we're seeing in the markets broadly may
reflect some disappointment yet again that Europe is not going
to be a quick fix," said Elvis Picardo, strategist and vice
president of research at Global Securities in Vancouver.
 The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE ended down 52.53 points, or 0.43 percent, at
12,109.75.
 The index at one point reached 12,230.82, its strongest
level since Sept. 20.
 "We've had a pretty good rally anticipating a positive
outcome (from the European meetings), which I don't think will
be as neat and clean as politicians are wont to do," Paul Hand,
managing director at RBC Capital Markets, said early in the
session.
 After being up for most of the day, 8 of the TSX index's 10
main sectors finished lower, with energy and financials leading
the charge.
 Canadian financial shares have frequently moved in sympathy
with their European peers, which have see-sawed on developments
in the European debt crisis. Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD.TO: Quote) was
the market's biggest laggard, falling 1.7 percent to C$73.68.
 Gold miners were among Toronto's most heavily weighted
gainers. Bullion prices roared to one of the biggest one-day
rallies in years, as the euro zone jitters and gloomy U.S.
consumer data rekindled a dormant safe-haven bid and triggered
a flurry of technical buying. [GOL/]
 Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO: Quote) closed up 3.4 percent at
C$48.05. Goldcorp Inc (G.TO: Quote) gains 4.1 percent to C$48.34.
 Miner Alacer Gold Corp's (ASR.TO: Quote) shares rose 5.5 percent
to C$11.56 a day after the company's board approved expansion
of its South Kalgoorlie gold operations in Australia.
 Meanwhile, Potash Corp (POT.TO: Quote) shares fell 2.5 percent to
C$49.21 on news its competitor, Russian miner Uralkali
(URKA.MM: Quote), announced plans to boost capacity 80 percent by
2021.
 On the Canadian earnings front, Canadian Pacific Railway
(CP.TO: Quote) slipped 0.5 percent to C$59.52 after the country's No.
2 railway reported a lower third-quarter profit as fuel costs
rose 43 percent. [ID:nL3E7LP223]
 In other news, the Bank of Canada held its key interest
rate steady, dropping any mention of the need to raise rates as
it slashed its growth and inflation projections.
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 ($1=$1.01 Canadian)
 (Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)