CANADA STOCKS-TSX declines as Fed rally reversed, oil shares drop

Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:36pm EDT
 
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* TSX down 88.31 points, or 0.59 percent, at 14,873.93

* Seven of the 10 main index sectors decline

By John Tilak

TORONTO, March 19 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell on Thursday, reversing the previous session's gain, as investors digested comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve, while shares of energy producers dropped with oil prices.

The U.S. central bank took a step towards raising interest rates on Wednesday by removing the word "patient" from its policy statement. But its move to downgrade its economic growth and inflation projections signaled to investors that a rate hike might not happen until later in the year, and that spurred a stock market rally on Wednesday.

The market curbed its enthusiasm on Thursday, with the drop on the Toronto stock market's benchmark TSX index following gains in each of the three previous sessions. The index is up about 2 percent so far this year.

"Investors are going over (the Fed's) words with a fine-tooth comb," said Adrian Mastracci, portfolio manager at KCM Wealth Management, who said he expects a lot market choppiness this year.

"The volatility does present some opportunities," he said, noting that energy shares were looking more attractive after being sold off as oil prices have dropped.

The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index closed down 88.31 points, or 0.59 percent, at 14,873.93. Seven of the 10 main sectors on the index were in the red.   Continued...