CANADA STOCKS-TSX retreats on golds, RIM; oils cushion slide

Tue May 31, 2011 5:10pm EDT
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   * TSX down 26.78 points, or 0.19 percent, at 13,802.88
 * Six of the 10 main groups retreat
 (Updates with details, comment)
 By Solarina Ho
 TORONTO, May 31 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index
slipped lower on Tuesday, weighed down by retreating gold
miners, while a modest eleventh-hour rebound by energy issues
helped pare some earlier losses.
 The broader materials sector, where mining firms are
grouped, slid 0.59 percent, with Kinross Gold (K.TO: Quote) falling
3.06 percent to C$15.22 and Goldcorp (G.TO: Quote) off 1.2 percent at
 Gold prices dipped modestly after touching four-week highs
as upbeat news that Germany could ease the way for Greece to
receive a debt bailout prompted investors to look to riskier
assets and away from the safe haven of bullion. [GOL/]
 The tech group advanced 0.42 percent despite a 4.37 percent
tumble by BlackBerry maker Research In Motion RIM.TO, which
finished the session at C$41.35. It was the single most
influential decliner on the composite index.
 This followed news that mobile phone maker Nokia NOK1V.HE
(NOK.N: Quote) slashed its sales and profit outlook, and scrapped
forecasts for 2011 due to tumbling prices and intense
competition from Apple (AAPL.O: Quote) and Google (GOOG.O: Quote) in the
smartphone sector. [nLDE74U1CO]
 "Investors are fairly or unfairly making the link that if
Nokia is not competing, then Research In Motion is also going
to have trouble," said Barry Schwartz, portfolio manager at
Baskin Financial Services.
 "Certainly, the numbers show it's really a two horse race.
It's iPhone and Android, and Research In Motion is losing
market share hand over fist."
 The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE finished the session down 26.78 points, or 0.19
percent, at 13,802.88. Six of the 10 main groups were lower.
 "We have a couple of good days, a couple of bad days ...
there doesn't seem to be anything out there that's grabbing
anybody," said John Ing, president of Maison Placements
 Energy issues, which spent much of the session in retreat,
swung into positive territory, rising 0.06 percent.
 Influential advancers like Crescent Point Energy (CPG.TO: Quote)
and Arc Resources (ARX.TO: Quote) helped offset big index draggers
like Suncor Energy (SU.TO: Quote), which fell 1.32 percent to C$40.45.
Crescent Point finished up 1.89 percent at C$46.92 while Arc
jumped 3.16 percent to C$26.79.
 Crude futures moved higher following a pipeline closure and
a decline in the U.S. dollar. [O/R]
 ($1=$0.97 Canadian)
 (Reporting by Solarina Ho; editing by Rob Wilson)