TORONTO, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index was slightly lower just after the open on Thursday as weaker-than-expected data underscored the fragility of the global recovery, but strong gold issues limited the decline.
The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE was off 11.30 points, or 0.1 percent, at 11,769.78, after opening higher.
Early data showed initial U.S. jobless claims unexpectedly rose last week. Data for Canadian wholesale trade for June and the leading indicator for July came in lower than expected. [ID:nSCLJJE64O] [ID:nSCLJJE64P] [ID:nN18197408] (Reporting by Ka Yan Ng; editing by Peter Galloway)