CANADA STOCKS-TSX slumps to five-week low on Fed fears
* TSX down 212.73 points, or 1.43 percent, at 14,641.76
* Nine of 10 main index sectors decline
* RBC, TD lead market lower
By John Tilak
TORONTO, March 10 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index dropped to its lowest in five weeks on Tuesday, dragged down by worries that the U.S. Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than previously expected.
A strong U.S. dollar and mixed economic data from China put pressure on oil prices, weighing on shares of energy producers.
Since the release of a bullish U.S. jobs report on Friday, investors have been speculating that the Fed might accelerate its plans to raise rates.
Recent comments from a Fed official calling for the U.S. central bank to swiftly end its easy monetary policy and raise interest rates only heightened those concerns.
The benchmark TSX declined sharply for a third straight session. It has shed nearly 4 percent since the start of the month. Continued...