TSX falls; resource stocks, railways weigh

Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:52pm EDT
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By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index pulled back on Tuesday, with energy stocks stung by a drop in oil prices and investor sentiment hurt by weak trade data out of China that weighed on miners and railway companies.

Chinese imports plunged 20 percent in September, casting doubt on the strength of domestic demand in the world's second-largest economy, while oil fell after the West's energy watchdog forecast a global supply glut would last through 2016.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE ended down 119.63 points, or 0.86 percent, at 13,844.73. Six of its 10 main groups fell.

It had risen to 14,000 last week after starting October around 13,000, largely on the back of gains in the energy and materials sectors. The exchange was closed for a public holiday on Monday.

"The whole rebound in energy and commodities is still very much a toss-up," said Elvis Picardo, strategist at Global Securities in Vancouver. "The fundamentals are very mixed and there are just so many moving parts."

Oil prices, which had sunk 5 percent on Monday, initially gained on Tuesday but settled lower after the International Energy Agency rekindled fears the market remains oversupplied.

The most influential decliners on the index included Canadian Natural Resources Ltd (CNQ.TO: Quote), down 4.8 percent to C$30.49, and Cenovus Energy Inc (CVE.TO: Quote), which declined 3 percent to C$21.24. The overall energy group fell 2.6 percent.

The materials group fell 1.9 percent, with First Quantum Minerals Ltd (FM.TO: Quote) down 10 percent to C$7.77 and Teck Resources Ltd TCKb.TO declining 9.4 percent to C$8.73.   Continued...

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