CANADA STOCKS-Investors shun TSX amid oil, bond market tumult

Thu Jun 4, 2015 4:38pm EDT
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* TSX ends down 135.29 points, or 0.89 percent, at 15,019.39

* All ten main sectors lower

By Alastair Sharp

TORONTO, June 4 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell on Thursday as a tumble in oil prices stung energy producers and bucking bond markets had investors backing away from utilities and pipelines.

Investors are jittery about a slew of unresolved issues in global financial markets, including uncertainty around when the U.S. economy will be judged strong enough to merit Federal Reserve rate hikes.

"The bond markets are forcing investors' hands, they are making a move ahead of any central bank rate hikes that may or may not come over the next year or two," said Elvis Picardo, a strategist at Global Securities in Vancouver.

"With higher yields you're paying more for debt," he said. That hurts debt-reliant sectors such as utilities, which fell 2 percent, and pipelines such as Enbridge Inc, the heaviest individual weight on the index with a 1.9 percent retreat to C$59.19.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index ended down 135.29 points, or 0.89 percent, at 15,019.39. All 10 main sectors on the index fell.

Crude oil fell ahead of a key producer meeting, base metals prices retreated on concerns about slipping Chinese growth, and Greece and its creditors talked some more.   Continued...