Canada ETF Falls with Gold Miner Stocks | ETF Trends

An exchange traded fund indexed to Canadian stocks has been under pressure during the global equities sell-off with miner shares providing an additional headwind.

Despite the slowdown in the U.S. and the financial crisis in Europe, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada’s economy should continue to grow.

The iShares MSCI Canada (NYSEArca: EWC) holds assets of about $4.6 billion. EWC can be used as a proxy for a commodities play, while giving added diversification benefits. [ETF Spotlight: EWC]

EWC allocates about 13.2% of assets to the gold mining sector and Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX) is a top holding. The ETF is down 17.4% year to date, according to Morningstar.

Harper announced he is ready to take appropriate action on the country’s budget if necessary, in order to keep growth sustained, reports the Vancouver Sun. [Canada ETF Higher as Investors Await GDP]