By Sue Chang, MarketWatch
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Canada’s benchmark index edged down on Monday after hugging the flatline for most of the session with mining shares taking the brunt of the selling pressure.
The S&P/TSX Composite Index slipped 2.80 points to close at 12,037.59.
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The S&P/TSX Capped Diversified Metals & Mining Index slumped 2% and the S&P/TSX Capped Materials Index /zigman2/quotes/210598474/delayed XX:TORGC195 -0.33% fell 1.4%.
Losses in mining shares were partially offset by gains in the S&P/TSX Capped Financial Index XX:TORGC189 -0.18% , the S&P/TSX Capped Telecommunications Services Index XX:TORGC198 -0.05% and the S&P/TSX Capped Consumer Staples Index XX:TORGC185 +0.24% .
U.S. economy sent out mixed signals with the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo housing market index falling 3 points to a seasonally adjusted 25 in April, marking the first drop in seven months. Read more on home-builder sentiment.
The New York’s Empire State index also slid to 6.56 in April from 20.21 in March but the Commerce Department said retail sales climbed 0.8% in March. Read more on U.S. retail sales.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA +0.13% rose 71.82 points, or 0.6%, to end at 12,921.41 and the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.24% lost 0.69 point to 1,369.47.
Shares of Ivanhoe Mines /zigman2/quotes/207656050/delayed CA:IVN -0.17% sank 5.7% in Toronto. The Mongolian government said it is suspending certain mining licenses owned by SouthGobi Sands. Ivanhoe has a controlling stake in SouthGobi Resources Ltd. which owns SouthGobi Sands. The move is believed to be related to the proposed sale of Ivanhoe’s stake to Aluminum Corporation of China Ltd.
Toronto-listed shares of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. /zigman2/quotes/205690198/delayed CA:CP -0.05% /zigman2/quotes/204163517/composite CP -0.08% gained 0.3% after Bill Ackman of Pershing Square reportedly criticized the company for failing to improve business. Canadian Pacific responded by accusing Ackman of ignoring progress it had made.
In currencies, the Canadian dollar softened, with the U.S. dollar /zigman2/quotes/210561978/realtime/sampled USDCAD -0.2458% buying 99.96 Canadian cents versus 99.80 on Friday.