shutdown hits energy, boosts gold Financials Wed Oct 2, 2013 5:16pm EDT * TSX falls 8.44 points, or 0.07 percent, to 12,839 * Five of 10 main index sectors decline * Canadian Natural has biggest negative influence on market By John Tilak TORONTO, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Canada’s main stock index was little changed on Wednesday as a U.S. government shutdown hit the energy and financial sectors, but boosted the bullion price and gold-mining stocks. A day after The Democratic-led U.S. Senate voted to kill Republicans’ latest attempts to modify an emergency government funding bill, hopes the debt crisis would be resolved soon began to dwindle. The uncertainty spurred a jump in gold, which is seen as a safe-haven asset, as investors placed bets on the commodity. Gold stocks gained as a result. “The market continues to say: ‘This is a temporary blip, don’t get too distracted by it, but drive on, ‘” said Robert McWhirter, president and portfolio manager at Selective Asset Management Inc. Investors will start to panic only if the shutdown extends beyond a few weeks, he added. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed down 8.44 points, or 0.07 percent, at 12,839. Five of the 10 main sectors on the index were in the red. The financial group fell 0.4 percent. Royal Bank of Canada , the country’s biggest lender, dropped 0.5 percent to C$66.35. Toronto Dominion Bank gave back 0.3 percent to C$92.04. Energy shares shed 0.8 percent, with Canadian Natural Resources Ltd falling 1.8 percent to C$32.23 and having the biggest negative influence on the market. Suncor Energy Inc lost almost 1 percent to C$36.81.
Air Canada (AC/A) rose 4.3 percent to C$3.90 at the close in Toronto today, the highest since Nov. 7, 2008, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The Montreal-based carriers rally since August has pushed it to the top of the Standard & Poors/TSX Composite Index, ahead of second place Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., which has gained 91 percent this year. August numbers were very, very strong and theres an expectation that September will also be strong, Cameron Doerksen , an analyst with National Bank Financial, said today in an interview. The airline usually reports traffic data in the first week of the month. Recent financings by Air Canada have lowered interest expenses and strong second-quarter financial results may be repeated in the third quarter, Doerksen said. Air Canada shares have also gained since being added to the benchmark index on Sept. 20. A message left with Peter Fitzpatrick , spokesman for the airline, wasnt immediately returned. Air Canada has had a great move, Chris Damas, an analyst at BCMI Research in Barrie, Ontario, said in a note. However, Id be selling into the strength today because we havent seen the September traffic numbers. To contact the reporters on this story: Doug Alexander in Toronto at firstname.lastname@example.org ; Caroline Chen in New York at email@example.com To contact the editors responsible for this story: David Scheer at firstname.lastname@example.org ; David Scanlan at email@example.com More News:
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