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Firearms companies widely held in ETFs and funds - research firm

An estimated 24 percent of the world's exchange-traded funds and 15 percent of mutual funds have holdings in firearms companies, researcher Sustainalytics said in a report on Thursday, levels it said might be "more pervasive than some investors realize." The report shows the potential influence of fund firms like BlackRock Inc and Vanguard Group Inc with firearms companies. Both fund companies face consumer pressure over those investments and one activist's talk of b

CANADA STOCKS-TSX snaps win streak amid broad-based declines

Canada's main stock index fell on Thursday, pulling back from a four-week high reached the day before, as shares of consumer cyclical and materials companies led broad-based declines. * The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index fell 75.55 points, or 0.49 percent, to 15,454.42. It was the first time in six days that the index ended lower. * The consumer discretionary group declined 0.7 percen