CANADA STOCKS-TSX declines as miners drop with copper prices

Tue Jan 13, 2015 4:49pm EST
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* TSX down 77.85 points, or 0.55 percent, at 14,187.16

* Six of 10 main index sectors advance

* First Quantum, Teck slip with copper price

By John Tilak

TORONTO, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell on Tuesday as a selloff in copper prices sent shares of First Quantum Minerals Ltd and Teck Resources Ltd tumbling, while shares of gold-mining companies eased after a recent price run-up.

Oil prices, which have been hit by concerns about oversupply, were choppy, with Brent declining and U.S. crude advancing. They are down about 60 percent since June.

Copper fell further below $6,000 per tonne, to a five-year low, as oil price declines spurred selling by hedge funds in China.

"All of a sudden, the market has gotten spooked and become nervous again. Nobody seems to be able to figure out what the overall market is thinking," said Marcus Xu, portfolio manager at M.Y. Capital Management Corp in Vancouver.

"The market here is really moody," he said, adding that volatility would remain at elevated levels this year.   Continued...