October 15, 2013 / 1:47 PM / in 4 years

TSX turns negative shortly after open as gold miners lead declines

TORONTO, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Toronto stocks turned lower shortly after the open on Tuesday, led by weaker gold miners, as optimism U.S. lawmakers could finalize a deal to avert defaulting on federal debt dragged prices of safe-haven bullion to three-month lows.

The resource-heavy Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 47.71 points, or 0.37 percent at 12,844.40, after opening higher. Nine of the index’s 10 main groups were in negative territory.

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