CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls after shifting signals from Europe
* TSX down 45.19 points, or 0.4 percent, at 12,044.70
* Index weighed by bickering in Europe
* Three biggest sectors all negative to start week
By Alastair Sharp
TORONTO, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index dipped lower on Monday, pulled down by shifting signals about the European Central Bank's plans to tackle the region's sovereign debt crisis.
The three most influential sectors -- financials, materials and energy -- were all pushed down after two weeks of gains on a string of positive North American data.
"The tone has weakened this morning again because of Europe, which is the traditional spoiler whenever we seem to get a bit of momentum going," said Andrew Pyle, a portfolio manager at ScotiaMcLeod.
Germany's central bank repeated its criticism of the ECB's bond-buying program, while the ECB sought to quash press speculation about the shape of the plan, saying decisions had not yet been taken. Continued...