CANADA STOCKS-TSX tips lower as Brexit vote eyed; energy stocks weigh

Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:10pm EDT
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* TSX ends down 8.51 points, or 0.06 percent, at 14,003.81

* Seven of the TSX's 10 main groups slip

By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO, June 22 (Reuters) - Canada's benchmark stock index edged slightly lower on Wednesday, with energy stocks weighing as oil fell with a smaller-than-expected U.S. inventory drawdown and gold miners rose a day before Britain votes on its future in the European Union.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index touched a one-week high during the session, but slipped back after the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.

The index, which has a heavy energy component, ended down 8.51 points, or 0.06 percent, at 14,003.81. Seven of its ten main industry sectors closed lower.

Gold miners were among the most influential gainers, even as bullion retreated.

Most of the rest of the index was subdued as investors paused ahead of Britain's Thursday vote on whether to remain in or leave the European Union. Polls suggest the outcome is too close to call.   Continued...