CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips for 3rd day as gold, results drag
* TSX slips 0.04 percent to 11,521.83
* Bernanke says rates to stay low for long time
* Disappointing corporate earnings drag
* Big banks mixed ahead of results (Adds details)
By Ka Yan Ng
TORONTO, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock market index ended slightly lower on Wednesday as a lower gold price dragged down miners and weaker than expected corporate results weighed.
Disappointing results from several companies, including TransAlta (TA.TO: Quote), Finning International FTT.TO and Thomson Reuters (TRI.TO: Quote) outweighed early benefits from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's commitment to keep U.S. interest rates low.
An unexpected drop in new U.S. home sales also underscored concerns about a shaky U.S. economic recovery, which helped to pull down the price of gold below $1,100 an ounce. Oil, however, was up on the day, above $80 a barrel, but energy shares stayed negative. [GOL/] [O/R]