Canadian stock market ends lower Friday

OTTAWA, Nov. 2 (Xinhua)– Canada’s main stock market declined Friday due to fears of waning global demand and softer consumer spending.

The Toronto Stock Exchange’s benchmark Standard & Poor’s/TSX Composite Index fell 30.87 points, or 0.20 percent, to finish the day at 15,119.28 points, but closed out the week with a gain of 1.5 percent, its best weekly performance since May.

The Canadian dollar lost 0.05 cents to 0.76.34 U.S. dollar.

In the market, 82 stocks rose and 156 fell. There were 1 new highs and 18 new lows, with total volume of 263.8 million shares.

The energy group fell 2.31 points, or 1.38 percent while the financials sector climbed 1.32 points, or 0.46 percent.

The real-estate group took the majority of the pounding, with Colliers International Group slumping 1.5 percent to 88.82 Canadian dollar while units of Artis Real Estate Investment Trust dipped 11.5 percent to 10.13 Canadian dollars.

Among the energy sector, Canadian Natural Resources edged down 12 cents to 37.72 Canadian dollars while Suncor lost six cents to 44.00 Canadian dollars.

In the tech sector, BlackBerry slipped 1.9 to 12.22 Canadian dollars while Constellation Software dropped 36 cents to 900.00 Canadian dollars

Among the financials group, Manulife Financial rose 5.7 percent to 21.98 Canadian dollars while Scotiabank added 30 cents to 71.03 Canadian dollars.

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