(Adds portfolio manager quotes and details on fertilizer
producers and updates prices)
* TSX closes up 11.53 points, or 0.08 percent, at 14,596.52
* Five of the TSX's 10 main groups end higher
By Fergal Smith
TORONTO, Oct 17 Canada's main stock index edged
higher on Monday, led by gains for the materials group as gold
rose, while lower oil prices weighed on the shares of energy
The materials group, which includes precious and base metals
miners and fertilizer companies, added 0.9 percent.
Teck Resources Ltd rose 3.7 percent to C$25.56,
while Barrick Gold Corp was up 1.3 percent at C$20.86.
Spot gold firmed 0.4 percent as the U.S. dollar
dipped after reaching an earlier seven-month high.
"Long term, I think gold will benefit ... from people
wanting to have an investment position of some security," said
Douglas Davis, vice chairman at Davis-Rea, who expects financial
sector and geopolitical uncertainties to weigh on the stock
market over the coming months.
Heavyweight financial sector stocks edged 0.1 higher, while
the utilities group was up 0.6 percent.
The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index
closed up 11.53 points, or 0.08 percent, at 14,596.52.
Five of the index's 10 main groups ended in positive
The chief executive officer of Rogers Communications Inc
, Guy Laurence, is stepping down effective immediately
and will be replaced by former Telus Corp executive Joe
Natale, the Canadian telecom company said. The surprise move
came as Rogers also posted a sharp fall in net income after it
shut down the streaming television joint venture Shomi.
Its shares dipped 0.2 percent to C$54.21.
Energy fell 0.3 percent, pressured by lower oil prices.
U.S. crude oil futures settled down 41 cents at
$49.94 a barrel as oversupply concerns weighed.
"The big trend," is higher for energy stocks, said Davis,
who expects oil prices to climb in anticipation of demand and
supply coming back into balance.
Investor advisory company Institutional Shareholder Services
(ISS) has recommended that investors in fertilizer producers
Agrium Inc and Potash Corp of Saskatchewan
support a merger of the companies.
Agrium fell 1.8 percent to C$115.53 and Potash declined 1.4
percent to C$20.75.
Foreign investment in Canadian securities in August rose to
C$12.74 billion from C$9.10 billion in July. Foreigners invested
C$2.60 billion in stocks and C$1.17 billion in corporate paper.
(Reporting by Fergal Smith; Editing by Nick Zieminski and Lisa