CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls as gold miners, Potash Corp weigh
* TSX ends down 0.45 percent at 11,701.81
* Potash Corp hit by price cut
* Thin trading due to holidays (Adds official closing numbers, analyst quotes, details)
By John McCrank
TORONTO, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index fell on Tuesday, led by a drop in the materials sector as shares of gold miners suffered from a slide in the price of bullion.
Potash Corp of Saskatchewan POT.TO, the world's biggest producer of the fertilizer ingredient, also weighed on the sector, falling 2.2 percent to C$114.50 after the company announced a deep price cut for the commodity. [ID:nN29159865]
Goldcorp (G.TO: Quote) was the biggest heavyweight decliner of the day, down 3.7 percent at C$41.13. The company said toward the end of the session that it would match a rival's bid to acquire junior miner Canplats Resources. [ID:nN29155234]
Four other gold miners were in the top-ten decliners, with Barrick Gold (ABX.TO: Quote) dropping 2.3 percent to C$41.47 and Kinross (K.TO: Quote) down 3 percent at C$19.15. Yamana Gold YRI.TO fell 3.2 percent to C$11.97 and Agnico Eagle AEM.TO shed 2.4 percent to C$56.60.
Gold fell below $1,100 an ounce, snapping a three-day winning streak, as a rally in the U.S. dollar undercut the appeal of the precious metal as a hedge against inflation. [GOL/] Continued...