(Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index fell on Friday, dragged down by weakness in gold miners as the precious metal was on course for its biggest weekly decline in two months.
* The materials sector, which includes precious and base metals miners and fertilizer companies, lost 2% as gold futures fell 1.6% to $1,777.4 an ounce.
* Endeavour Mining Corp fell 4.5%, the most on the TSX, and the second-biggest decliner was SSR Mining Inc, down 4.3%.
* At 9:42 a.m. ET (1442 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 17.31 points, or 0.1%, at 17,334.03.
* The energy sector climbed 0.4% as Brent crude added 0.6% a barrel, while U.S. crude prices were down 0.8%.
* The financials sector gained 0.5%. The industrials sector rose 0.3%.
* On the TSX, 107 issues were higher, while 110 issues declined for a 1.03-to-1 ratio to the downside, with 26.56 million shares traded.
* The largest percentage gainer on the TSX was Labrador Iron Ore Royalty Corp LIF.TO, which jumped 6.2% after the company declared a dividend.
* Its gains were followed by Ballard Power Systems Inc BLDP.TO, which rose 6.2%.
* The TSX posted six new 52-week highs and no new lows.
* Across all Canadian issues there were 48 new 52-week highs and four new lows, with total volume of 53.68 million shares.
Reporting by Amal S in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni
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