CANADA STOCKS-RIM plunge drives TSX lower; gold gains offset

Fri Sep 16, 2011 4:56pm EDT
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 * TSX down 161.13 points, 1.3 percent, at 12,263.71
 * RIM sinks 20.1 percent after weak earnings
 * Nine of 10 index sectors weaker; golds rise
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 By Trish Nixon
 TORONTO, Sept 16 (Reuters) - A plunge in Research In Motion
RIM.TO shares following disappointing results sent Toronto's
main stock index tumbling on Friday, offsetting gains in gold
 BlackBerry maker RIM was the single biggest drag on the
market, sinking 20.1 percent to C$23.50 after reporting a steep
drop in second-quarter profit on Thursday on limp sales of its
smartphones and tablets. [ID:nS1E78E1MR]
 "We've been weak vis-a-vis our European and U.S.
counterparts," said Francis Campeau, a broker at MF Global
Canada, who noted RIM's stock alone was responsible for about
25 percent of the move down.
 U.S. stocks rose for the fifth straight session on Friday,
and global equities also gained. [.N] [MKTS/GLOB]
 Financial issues weighed heavily on the TSX, falling 1.7
percent as Royal Bank of Canada RY.TO slipped 2.5 percent to
C$46.30 and Toronto-Dominion Bank TD.TO lost 2.2 percent to
 "Bank stocks are driving most of the gains in the U.S. and
Europe, and we just aren't seeing the same gains here in Canada
because we never saw the same size declines to begin with over
the past two or three weeks," said Robert Kavcic, economist at
BMO Capital Markets.
 "So we're not getting that same sort of snap back like
we're getting in other markets."
 The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index
.GSPTSE closed down 161.13 points, or 1.3 percent, at
12,263.71, after three days of gains. Nine of the 10 main
sectors were weaker, with only health care companies rising.
 But there was strength in precious-metal miners, part of
the broader materials sector, as investors shuffled into
defensive plays and the price of gold bounced back from a
two-week low. [GOL/]
 Silver Wheaton SLW.TO was the most influential gainer, up
4.4 percent at C$39.50, followed by Barrick Gold ABX.TO, up
0.9 percent at C$52.52.
 Base-metal miners and energy stocks dragged as
uncertainties about the resolution of the euro zone debt crisis
drove down copper and oil prices. [O/R] MET/L]
 Potash Corp POT.TO fell 3.3 percent to C$54.47, while
Canadian Natural Resources CNQ.TO sank 2.9 percent to C$34.20
and Cenovus Energy CVE.TO was down 4.4 percent at C$32.61.
 "The street is getting out of those sectors into more
defensive plays," added Campeau. "Stocks bounced nearly all
week, and short-term traders are taking chips off the table
just to face any headline risk that might come from Europe over
the weekend."
 Fears that Greek fiscal woes would bring down the European
financial system had eased on Thursday after the world's
leading central banks agreed to boost short-term dollar funding
for banks in Europe that have faced a dollar shortage.
 But a sharp decline in French and Italian banking stocks,
along with the euro's slide, indicated caution lingers despite
encouraging efforts to resolve the debt crisis. [MKTS/GLOB]
 At a meeting in Poland U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy
Geithner urged EU finance ministers to leverage their bailout
fund to better tackle the debt crisis and to start speaking
with one voice, but there was no agreement on what steps to
 Meanwhile, in the latest U.S. economic data, consumer
sentiment inched up in early September, but Americans remained
gloomy about the future, with a gauge of expectations falling
to its lowest level since 1980. [ID:nS1E78F0G4]
 (Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)