TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index fell on Friday as weak oil prices dragged down shares of energy producers, offsetting a rebound by gold-mining shares.
The benchmark index declined for a sixth straight session and is down about 3 percent so far this year.
Disappointing earnings contributed to Friday’s decline, with the only major bright spot being the jump by gold miners after days of steep losses. In the sector, Goldcorp Inc (G.TO) rallied 4.1 percent to C$17.35 and Barrick Gold Corp (ABX.TO) added 2.8 percent to C$9.47.
“When a sector is oversold and beaten up as it is right now, long-term investors can see some good entry points,” said Youssef Zohny, portfolio manager at StennerZohny Investment Partners+ of Richardson GMP Ltd, which manages about C$28.3 billion in assets.
“Resource shares look attractively priced and are a buying opportunity if you take the long-term outlook,” he added.
The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE closed down 79.13 points, or 0.55 percent, at 14,186.24. Six of the 10 main sectors on the index were in the red.
Shares of Encana Corp (ECA.TO), Canada’s No. 1 natural gas producer, plunged 8.6 percent to C$10.26 after it reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss.
With crude oil prices trading lower, Suncor Energy (SU.TO) shed 1.7 percent to C$33.08. The overall energy sector, which has fallen more than 25 percent from its highs in April, retreated 2.2 percent.
Diversified miner Teck Resources Ltd TCKb.TO fell 6.8 percent to C$9.26 even though its quarterly earnings beat expectations. Investors remained unhappy with Teck’s bloated debt and hefty capital commitments.
Additional reporting by John Tilak; Editing by James Dalgleish; and Peter Galloway