BRIEF-Viacom files for two-part U.S. dollar offering of senior notes - SEC filing
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* TSX down 16.56 points, or 0.11 percent, at 15,602.65 * Six of 10 main index sectors decline * Talisman slips on news of struggle to sell itself * National Bank jumps 3.1 percent after results By John Tilak TORONTO, Aug 27 Canada's main stock index was little changed on Wednesday, a day after hitting a record high, as weakness in energy and materials shares was offset by a gain in National Bank of Canada after the lender reported quarterly results. Also weighing on the index, Talisman Energy Inc fell 5.1 percent after news that the oil company had run into difficulties trying to sell itself to Spanish energy company Repsol SA. National Bank of Canada jumped 3.1 percent as the country's sixth-largest bank reported a stronger quarterly profit, helped by a sharp jump in earnings in its wealth management and financial markets arms. The benchmark index has climbed about 14.5 percent this year. "There is a sense of caution in the air," said Diana Avigdor, portfolio manager and head of trading at Barometer Capital Management. "But there's no reason why we should have a major selloff based on a macroeconomic environment that is stable, rates that are very low and earnings that were fairly good." The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index closed down 16.56 points, or 0.11 percent, at 15,602.65. Six of the 10 main sectors on the index were in the red. The materials sector, which includes mining stocks, shed 1 percent, with Barrick Gold Corp losing 1.2 percent to C$19.66 and Agrium declining 1 percent to C$102.31. Shares of energy producers slipped, with Canadian Natural Resources Ltd dropping 0.9 percent at C$46.76 and Talisman falling to $11.10. Talisman was the main drag on energy shares, while choppy commodity prices weighed on the materials sector. (Editing by James Dalgleish and Leslie Adler)
SYDNEY, Sept 30 Australia has selected U.S. defence company Lockheed Martin Corp as its preferred bidder to supply the combat system for its new $38 billion fleet of submarines, the country's defence industry minister said on Friday.
NEW YORK, Sept 29 Assets at the largest hedge funds have dropped sharply, according to a new survey by industry data and news provider Hedge Fund Intelligence.