TSX drops as energy rally falters, miners buck the trend

Mon Apr 27, 2015 4:57pm EDT
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By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell on Monday as a broad decline led by industrial and oil and gas shares eclipsed a rise in mining stocks, which were helped by buoyant metal prices.

Shares in Restaurant Brands International Inc (QSR.TO: Quote), formed by Burger King's takeover of Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons last year, fell 2.9 percent to C$49.14, reversing an earlier jump, after reporting quarterly financial results.

After rallying off a March trough, the Toronto Stock Exchange's benchmark S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE has sputtered in recent sessions, and some investors wonder whether further weakness lies ahead.

"We're heading into probably an intermediate correction," said John Johnston, chief strategy officer at Davis-Rea. He defined that as a 10 percent decline over a couple of months. "The thing is running out of gas here."

The index ended down 64.25 points, or 0.42 percent, at 15,344.08. Eight of its 10 main sectors fell.

The index had gained more than 5 percent between March 10 and Friday's close.

"A lot of good news has been discounted. The news is not turning out to be as good as anticipated," Johnston said. "I see a market pushing up to new highs on reduced momentum."

Canadian National Railway Co (CNR.TO: Quote) and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd (CP.TO: Quote) both gave up 1.6 percent, to C$C$79.27 and C$236.42 respectively.   Continued...

A man walks past an old Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) sign in Toronto, June 23, 2014.  REUTERS/Mark Blinch