TSX Falls From 17-Month High As Golds Weigh
January 24, 2013 3:53 PM EST
Canada's main stock index ended lower on Wednesday after briefly touching a 17-month high as a weak bullion price and a disappointing production report from miner Iamgold Corp pulled gold-mining stocks lower.
Iamgold dropped 14.6 percent to C$9.22 after the gold miner projected higher operating costs and said 2012 output came in below its forecast.
The golds helped pull the TSX materials sector down 1.21 percent, one of five of the 10 index subgroups to decline during the session, but the only one to change by more than 1 percent.
All told, S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE fell 30.58 points, or 0.24 percent, to close at 12,794.05.
The index has been running steadily higher since mid November and briefly touched a 17-month high of 12,828.93 on Wednesday before retreating.
Stronger economic signals from Europe, expectations of robust corporate profits and steady commodity prices are all reason to expect the index can continue to rise, said Barry Schwartz, vice president and portfolio manager at Baskin Financial Services.
"The elements are in place for stock markets to be significantly higher," he said. "Whether or not people want to pay up for those stocks is another story."
Also weighing on the market were financial shares, which slid 0.19 percent, giving up some of their recent gains. They were led lower by Royal Bank of Canada, which slipped 0.5 percent to C$61.44, and Toronto-Dominion Bank, which eased 0.4 percent to C$83.15.
The tiny health care sector advanced 0.5 percent, while telecoms gained 0.28 percent.
One of the strongest gainers was grocer Metro Inc, which rose 3.3 percent to C$64.79 after it said late on Tuesday it would sell nearly half of its stake in convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. for C$479 million.
Most Popular Slideshows
- From Fat To Fit: Celebrities Who Were Overweight Before They Became The Beauties That They Are
- Kendall Jenner Could Be Next Victoria's Secret Angel [PHOTOS]
- Pope Francis: World War III Has Started On Piecemeal
- Champions League Results: Barcelona Barely Escapes With A Win, Chelsea Fails To Hold On To The Lead [PHOTOS]
Join the Conversation
- Unidentified Benefactor Offers $30M Reward For Identity Of MH 17 Bombers; MAS Criticises Kiwi Author For Suggesting MH 370 Pilot Plotted Death Of Passengers & Crew
- Australian Stock Market Report – Midday September 19, 2014
- Australian Stock Market Report – Afternoon September 18, 2014
- Australian Stock Market Report – Midday September 18, 2014
- Australian Stock Market Report – Morning September 19, 2014
- Google Nexus 6 Release Date on Q4 2014 Confirmed by T-Mobile Featuring Wi-Fi Calling
- 2 Reasons Nexus 6 Release Date is Worth the Wait: Android L Data Encryption & Material Design
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs. BlackBerry Passport — Specifications, Features, Release Date And Price Showdown
- 3 Signs Apple iPhone 6 Could be in Short Supply Following its Sept 19 Release Date
- Australia Actively Rallying Support For International Coalition Against ISIS
- iOS 8 Jailbreak Release Update: Pangu Devs Will Outrace Evad3rs in Rollout of iPhone 6, iPad Unlocker
- Micromax Canvas A1 Vs Spice Dream Uno Vs Karbonn Sparkle V: A Choice On Which Android Is The Best