CANADA STOCKS-TSX gains from jump in gold miners, Enbridge

Reuters

* TSX rises 18.70 points, or 0.14 percent, to 13,380.41

* Six of the 10 main index sectors advance

* Enbridge, Magna up after earnings

* Penn West tumbles after announcing asset sale plans

By John Tilak

TORONTO, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on

Wednesday as investors speculated about global central bank

moves and as gold-mining shares climbed with the price of

bullion.

The market also analyzed earnings statements from several of

the country's major energy players, including Enbridge Inc

and Talisman Energy Inc, as well as a bullish

report from auto parts maker Magna International Inc.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index

closed up 18.70 points, or 0.14 percent, at 13,380.41.

The index has jumped nearly 5 percent in the past month, and

six of its 10 major index sectors were higher on Wednesday.

Market focus was on whether the European Central Bank will

cut interest rates this week, while anticipation grew that the

U.S. Federal Reserve again will put off plans to scale back its

monetary stimulus program.

Top Fed officials have been saying in recent days the U.S.

central bank should not make changes to the program until

there's more evidence to suggest that the world's biggest

economy is on a firmer footing.

"The Fed is in a conundrum, given that they need stronger

economic growth to reduce their easing," said Youssef Zohny,

portfolio manager at Stenner Investment Partners, a unit of

Richardson GMP. "Some of the economic data lately has been maybe

a bit disappointing."

"In the short term, there could be some volatility," he

added. "But in the medium term, there's more value in Canada

than in the United States."

Valuations for natural resource stocks on the Toronto market

are starting to become more appealing, Zohny said. "But it's

going to require patience, given that we need a strong catalyst

on the economic front."

Gold-mining stocks jumped 1.3 percent, helped by a gain in

the price of bullion. In the group, Goldcorp Inc

rose 1.1 percent to C$26.25.

Financial shares climbed 0.4 percent, with Toronto-Dominion

Bank adding 0.3 percent to C$95.96.

Magna reported a nearly 13 percent rise in quarterly sales

as its European business strengthened. The stock gained 1.4

percent to C$90.19.

Enbridge advanced 1.7 percent to C$46.56, after the pipeline

company reported higher third-quarter earnings, with increased

volumes on its crude pipelines offsetting higher costs.

Oil and gas producer Talisman, which reported a smaller

quarterly net loss compared with the year-earlier quarter, said

it has no immediate plans to split itself in two despite

pressure from activist shareholders. The stock shed 2.7 percent

to C$12.48.

Penn West Petroleum Ltd lost about 16 percent of

its value after the oil producer said it aimed to sell up to $2

billion of assets before 2015 as part of a plan to focus on

projects centered on its Cardium field in Alberta.

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