TORONTO (Reuters) - A five-day winning streak for Canada’s main stock index ended on Friday, but only just, as energy shares pulled back from a recent rally while mining stocks pushed higher on rising bullion prices.
The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE fell 14.30 points, or 0.10 percent, at 13,964.36, with advancers and decliners almost evenly split.
Investors pushed the index up almost 5 percent this week, largely on the back of gains in the heavyweight energy sector, as appetite for riskier assets pushed commodities prices higher.
That sentiment was helped by minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve’s September meeting that showed it was in no hurry to hike interest rates, which pushed gold to a seven-week high.
The weekly gains was the biggest so far this year, and put the index at its highest level since August.
“We’ve had a decent period of consolidation. This correction that we’ve seen has let off some of the steam in the markets,” said Philip Petursson, managing director for capital markets and strategy at Manulife Asset Management.
“Now we can re-evaluate on somewhat better valuations, more realistic earnings expectations, and a more favorable outlook over the next 12 months,” he said.
Heavily-weighted Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (VRX.TO) also boosted the index, jumping 2.1 percent to C$227.56.
With oil prices little changed in choppy trade, investors limited their positions ahead of the weekend, extended in Canada by Thanksgiving on Monday.
Suncor Energy Inc (SU.TO) lost 1.3 percent to C$36.67 and TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO) fell 1.7 percent to C$45.05. Overall, energy stocks eased 1.3 percent, while the financials group slipped 0.6 percent.
U.S. crude CLc1 prices were up 0.1 percent to $49.50 a barrel, while Brent crude LCOc1 lost 1.1 percent to $52.48. [O/R] Gold futures GCc1 rose 1.1 percent to $1,157.1 an ounce. [GOL/]
The materials group .GSPTTMT, where miners and other non-energy resource names reside, jumped 1.8 percent.
Additional reporting by Solarina Ho; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Grant McCool