CANADA STOCKS-TSX inches lower to close at 8-week low as investors waver

Jan 31 (Reuters) - Canada's benchmark stock index ended Wednesday a touch lower, at its lowest in eight weeks, as global investor demand for equities ebbed after the Federal Reserve indicated more interest rates hikes were likely.

* The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index closed down 3.84 points, or 0.02 percent, at 15,951.67, its lowest level since Dec. 7.

* The index earlier rose as much as 0.15 percent.

* Base metals company Nevsun Resources and

financial information company Thomson Reuters Corp were

the biggest decliners, with both closing down 7.2 percent.

* Nevsun said on Wednesday it would suspend its dividend and redeploy capital toward growth.

* Thomson Reuters surrendered all its gains from Tuesday, made after a Reuters report that U.S. private equity firm

Blackstone Group was in talks to buy a 55 percent stake

in the Canadian company's Financial and Risk business. The companies confirmed the report after markets closed on Tuesday.

* Energy companies Crew Energy , Advantage Oil & Gas , Kelt Exploration , Freehold Royalties and TORC Oil and Gas were also among the top 10

decliners despite an increase in oil prices.

* U.S. crude futures rose 0.5 percent to $64.85 a barrel as of 4:26 p.m. EST (2126 GMT) after earlier falling as much as 1.3 percent.

* Gold producer Endeavor Mining was the biggest gainer, closing up 4.2 percent.

* Gold prices rose 0.4 percent to $1,345.11 an ounce.

(Reporting by Nichola Saminather; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)