CANADA STOCKS-TSX gains as gold miners shine, Barrick jumps

Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:14am EST
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* TSX up 33.71 points, or 0.25 percent, at 13,346.49
    * Gold miners lead push as Barrick rises 5 pct
    * Narrowing crude spread helps Canadian oil companies

    By Alastair Sharp
    TORONTO, Dec 10 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose
on Tuesday, helped by a surge in major gold miners as the price
of bullion hit a three-week high, while energy companies also
aided the gain.
    Barrick Gold Corp jumped 5.4 percent to C$17.90 and
Goldcorp Inc added 3 percent to C$23, as investors
scrambled to cover bets that the price of gold would fall.
    Barrick, whose stock has slumped in the last two years,
recently completed a $3 billion equity offering and announced a
shake up within in its boardroom, as it attempts to steady
itself following a slew of missteps. 
    The strategic moves have prompted investors to take a fresh
look at the world's largest gold producer.
    "You've already seen some action by the new management at
Barrick which has been viewed favorably by the market," said
Gavin Graham, chief strategy officer at Integris Pension
Management Corp. 
    "Looking at this stock, it's probably as cheap as it's been
in relation to the price of gold in the last 20 years."
    Graham said stock prices in the sector could grow another 40
or 50 percent if the price of gold rises to $1,400 or $1,500 an
ounce. It is currently trading at around $1,260. 
    Gold miners are heavily represented on the Toronto Stock
Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index, which was up 33.71
points, or 0.25 percent, at 13,346.49 by mid-morning.
    Several energy companies also made gains, with Suncor Energy
Inc up 0.7 percent at C$36.08 and Talisman Energy Inc
 adding 1.5 percent to C$12.59.
    The spread between WTI and Brent crude narrowed as
TransCanada Corp began filling a major pipeline that
will transport oil from the U.S. Midwest to the Gulf.