Data pulls TSX lower as energy shares, banks slip

Mon Jun 3, 2013 5:25pm EDT
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By John Tilak

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index slipped to its lowest in more than two weeks on Monday after sluggish data raised concerns about half of the global economic recovery and caused declines in the energy and financial sectors.

Weakness in Canadian Natural Resources Ltd (CNQ.TO: Quote), following a downgrade of the stock by Goldman Sachs, also weighed on the market.

U.S. manufacturing activity contracted in May for the first time in six months as new orders fell and there was less demand for exports. Data also showed euro-zone manufacturing contracted last month at a slightly slower pace, while Asian factories lost momentum. <MKTS/GLOB>

"Overall world growth is going to be quite slow, subject to crises from one direction or the other," said David Cockfield, managing director and portfolio manager at Northland Wealth Management. "We are probably in a period equivalent to the Great Depression, that deleveraging phase, without a lot of the suffering."

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE closed down 40.62 points, or 0.32 percent, at 12,609.80, but earlier slipped to 12,570.91, its lowest since May 17.

"There's not a lot of confidence. It's very nervous market," Cockfield said. "We're into a bit of the summer doldrums here."

"Money managers are absolutely terrified of being caught in the market if it decides to sell off," he added

Eight of the 10 main sectors on the index were in the red.   Continued...

A Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) logo is seen in Toronto November 9, 2007. REUTERS/Mark Blinch