TSX tracks fall in energy stocks as oil slips, Trump imposes tariffs

(Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index fell on Friday, weighed down by energy stocks as oil weakened on demand concerns due to a resurgence in coronavirus cases globally, and as U.S. President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on some Canadian aluminum products.

FILE PHOTO: Businessmen pass the Toronto Stock Exchange sing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

* COVID-19 cases in the United States have been rising in several states, while India reported a record daily jump in infections on Friday.

* President Trump on Thursday moved to reimpose 10% tariffs on some Canadian aluminum products to protect U.S. industry from a “surge” in imports.

* At 9:40 a.m. ET (1340 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 47.48 points, or 0.29%, at 16,531.62.

* Canada added 418,500 jobs in July, mostly part-time, and the unemployment rate fell to 10.9% as the economy continued to reopen, Statistics Canada said.

* The energy sector dropped 0.9% as U.S. crude prices fell 1% a barrel, while Brent crude lost 0.9%.

* The financials sector slipped 0.3%, while the industrials sector rose 0.8%.

* The materials sector, which includes precious and base metals miners and fertilizer companies, lost 1.1% as gold futures fell 0.3% to $2,044.6 an ounce.

* On the TSX, 74 issues rose, while 145 issues fell in a 1.96-to-1 ratio in favor of the decliners, with 14.82 million shares traded.

* The largest percentage gainer on the TSX was Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc RBA.TO, which jumped 7.5% after the asset management and disposition company reported an upbeat second-quarter result.

* Its gains were followed by construction and engineering services provider Badger Daylighting Ltd BAD.TO, which rose 5% after multiple brokerages raised price targets on the stock.

* Cominar REIT CUF_u.TO fell 10.2%, the most on the TSX, after the real estate investment trust posted second-quarter results, followed by gold miner SSR Mining Inc SSRM.TO that fell 5.1%

* The most heavily traded shares by volume were Enbridge Inc ENB.TO, Trevali Mining Corp TV.TO and B2gold Corp BTO.TO.

* The TSX posted 10 new 52-week highs and one new low.

* Across all Canadian issues there were 43 new 52-week highs and three new lows, with total volume of 32.00 million shares.

Reporting by Amal S in Bengaluru