Bombardier slumps, materials weigh on TSX fall
By Alastair Sharp and John Tilak
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell on Thursday, with sliding commodity prices hurting miners, while Bombardier Inc (BBDb.TO: Quote) plunged after reporting a massive quarterly loss and Potash Corp (POT.TO: Quote) fell on trimmed earnings and sales forecasts.
The losses were offset by gains in the heavyweight energy sector amid volatile oil market trade.
Bombardier shed 15.5 percent to C$1.36 after the Montreal-based plane and train maker said the Quebec government will invest $1 billion in its long-delayed CSeries jet program and announced a $4.6 billion third-quarter loss.
The decline came a day after the market jumped following the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to hold interest rates steady.
"It was a consolidation day," said Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at CMC Markets. "The Street was basically digesting the big moves yesterday," he said, adding that investors are coming around to the reality of an eventual Fed hike.
The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index .GSPTSE ended down 71.28 points, or 0.51 percent, at 13,791.88.
There were 135 declining issues versus 101 gainers.