CANADA STOCKS-TSX jumps on record gold, upbeat U.S. data

Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:34pm EST
 
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 * TSX ends up 0.84 percent at 11,636.90
 * Gold price surge supports mining shares
 * EnCana the top gainer after shareholders approve split
 * U.S. data mixed, investors look on bright side
 By Ka Yan Ng
 TORONTO, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
closed higher on Wednesday as a record high gold price and a
turnaround in oil prices boosted resource issues.
 Gold prices surged above $1,180 an ounce on U.S. dollar
weakness, while the price of oil settled near $78 a barrel on
lower-than-expected builds in U.S. oil inventories. [GOL][O/R]
 World No. 1 gold producer Barrick Gold (ABX.TO: Quote) gained 1.47
percent to C$46.24, while Teck Resources TCKb.TO jumped 3.28
percent to C$37.48. Suncor Energy (SU.TO: Quote) gained 0.62 percent
to C$38.94.
 EnCana (ECA.TO: Quote) shares topped the list of most active
advancers, up 2.5 percent to C$57.36, after shareholders
overwhelmingly approved a plan to split Canada's No. 2
independent petroleum producer into independent oil and natural
gas businesses. [ID:nN25354134]
 Market activity petered out at midafternoon as traders
closed up positions ahead of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on
Thursday, leaving the index with a stable gain after investors
weighed a mixed bag of U.S. economic data.
 The market sided with upbeat U.S. October consumer spending
and weekly labor data, embracing them as further signs of the
strength of the economic recovery, and looked past an
unexpected fall in durable good orders. [ID:nN25346193]
 "Good economic numbers in the U.S., good commodity numbers.
Gold was strong again so that's kept the Toronto market a
little higher," said Bruce Latimer, a trader at Dundee
Securities.
 The S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE closed up 97.27
points, or 0.84 percent, at 11,636.90. Nine of its 10 sectors
posted gains.
 ($1=$1.05 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; editing by Peter Galloway)
 ((kayan.ng@thomsonreuters.com; Reuters Messaging:
kayan.ng.reuters.com@reuters.net; 416-941-8109))
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