CANADA STOCKS-TSX ends down as earnings overshadow Greek deal
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* TSX ends down 23.08 pts, or 0.2 pct, at 12,497.94
* Financials fall on Manulife earnings
* BCE's slide hurts telecoms
* Market unswayed by Greek bailout deal, U.S. data
By Jon Cook
TORONTO, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index ended lower on Thursday as it brushed off optimism generated by a long-awaited Greek bailout deal and strong U.S. jobs data, and moved instead on some weak earnings in the financial and telecom sectors.
The TSX has rallied more than 4 percent so far this year, after ending 2011 down more than 11 percent, thanks largely to a slowly improving U.S. economy and the absence of further bad news from Europe.
That formula appeared intact on Thursday as a report showed weekly U.S. jobless claims fell and Athens finally agreed to adopt new austerity measures in exchange for a 130 billion euro ($172 billion) aid package in a bid avoid a debt default. Continued...