CANADA STOCKS-TSX ends lower as China concerns hit resources

Tue Feb 7, 2012 5:48pm EST
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* Energy, materials stocks lead decline

* Meeting on Greek debt deal delayed

* Second straight drop after 5-month high hit last week (Adds details)

By Cameron French

TORONTO, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index ended lower on Tuesday as investors nervously awaited progress on a Greek debt deal, while concerns about Chinese demand for commodities hurt energy and mining shares.

The decline was the second in as many sessions for the TSX index after it hit a five-month high on Friday.

"We're having a bit of a pause here because of what's happening in Europe," said John Kinsey, a portfolio manager at Caldwell Securities in Toronto.

"I think that yesterday and today we've sort of been quietly waiting for some kind of resolution."

The S&P/TSX composite index ended the session down 47.43 points, or 0.38 percent, at 12,512.42.   Continued...