CANADA STOCKS-TSX sags on weaker commodities, profit-taking

Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:58am EST
 
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 * TSX down 76.96 points at 11,523.34
 * All 10 sectors lower, materials lead retreat
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 By Irene Kuan
 TORONTO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index was
lower on Friday morning as weaker commodity prices, caused
partly by a stronger U.S. dollar, pressured shares of Barrick
Gold ABX.TO and other resource issues.
 Barrick fell 1.4 percent to C$46.65, while Suncor Energy
SU.TO dropped 0.8 percent to C$37.95. Canadian Natural
Resources CNQ.TO fell 0.9 percent to C$70.44.
 Oil prices fell below $77 a barrel while gold prices were
also weaker. [O/R] [GOL/], with the U.S. dollar rising broadly
as investors pared back riskier assets. [USD/]
 "The commodities are lower across the board coming in, and
we've got some profit-taking," said Bruce Latimer, a trader at
Dundee Securities.
 "The markets had a very good run the last few weeks. A lot
of people who have been investing have backed off."
 The pullback on Friday came after the resource-heavy TSX
rose to a 13-month high earlier this week.
 At 10:33 a.m. (1533 GMT), the S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE was down 76.96 points, or 0.66 percent, at 11,523.34
with all 10 of its main groups lower.
 The market downturn came after Bank of Canada Governor Mark
Carney said on Thursday evening that Canada's economy performed
worse than expected in the third quarter, but was now
recovering. He also cautioned that it risks further setbacks
due to a strong Canadian dollar. [nN19514256]
 Earlier on Thursday, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty
suggested he thought the economy could have stood still in the
third quarter.
 Steve Ibel, institutional equities trader at Beacon
Securities, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, said those comments did
not have much bearing on the broader market.
 "I think they are being more overly cautious in their
estimates," Ibel said.
 Financials also weighed on the TSX, with Manulife Financial
MFC.TO down 0.9 percent at C$18.78. and Toronto-Dominion Bank
TD.TO off 0.7 percent at C$67.33.
 "The TSX is still taking a bit of a kicking from the
financials with Manulife being down," he said.
 Manulife, North America's biggest insurer, led the TSX
lower on Thursday after it announced a surprise C$2.5 billion
stock offering late on Wednesday. [ID:nN191454]
 ($1=$1.07 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Irene Kuan; editing by Rob Wilson)