CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips as energy stocks, geopolitical uncertainties drag

Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:12pm EDT
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* TSX down 62.32 points, or 0.4 percent, to 15,622.57

* Seven of TSX's 10 main groups down

By Solarina Ho

TORONTO, April 18 (Reuters) - Canada's benchmark stock index fell on Tuesday, mirroring U.S. market sentiment, with energy stocks leading declines as the price of crude oil fell.

Investor worries about the French presidential election this coming weekend, possible U.S. military action against North Korea and a snap British election set for June weighed on global markets. Some disappointing quarterly results and uncertainty over fiscal promises by U.S. President Donald Trump added to pressure on Wall Street.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index closed down 62.32 points, or 0.4 percent, to finish at 15,622.57. Seven of the index's 10 main groups lost ground.

"That seems to be driven by the delay in any kind of tax reform ...The reflation trades in the U.S. are spilling over into Canada," said Noman Ali, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.

The Trump administration's failure to pass a healthcare reform bill has raised concerns that it may struggle to pass highly anticipated tax cuts and infrastructure spending bills.

"There's a big cyclical component within the Canadian index. If inflation expectations are coming down, that's not good for cyclicals generally," said Ali.   Continued...